Our People

The men and women of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and their civilian colleagues are the RCAF’s greatest strength, the heart of the institution and the foundation upon which the RCAF’s future is built. They are extraordinary and professional, capable of accomplishing great things, setting standards of quality that are respected around the world. Day after day, night after night they contribute directly and indirectly to the delivery of air and space power for our nation.

Our airmen and airwomen are guided and inspired by the achievements of those who have served in the Air Force throughout its history.

Here are some of their stories.

An elderly man, wearing a jacket and tartan tie and a wedge cap, with medals on his jacket, stands behind a podium speaking into microphones.

RCAF remembers the valour of “The Few”

On September 15, 2019, the RCAF marked the 79th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a parade at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.
September 18, 2019

Military insignia

RCAF assures Canada’s sovereignty in the North

From July 22 to 31, 2019, a 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia-based CP-140 Aurora tactical crew and its ground support technicians played a vital role in Operation Limpid, maintaining Canada’s physical presence throughout the North.
September 6, 2019

Eight people wearing disruptive pattern military uniforms stand in a row in front of a small aircraft inside a hangar.

RCAF technicians to compete in Toronto

Eight RCAF aircraft structures technicians from the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering will be in Toronto on the 2019 Labour Day weekend to compete in a regional Aircraft Structures Skills competition.
August 28, 2019

Under a blue sky, a young man wearing a dark blue flight suit and cap stands on the wing of a fighter aircraft with a decoratively painted tail and gives a thumbs-up.

Salmon Arm cadet has experiences of a lifetime

Cadet Warrant Officer First Class Nicholas Lourens, from Salmon Arm, British Columbia, is spending the summer of 2019 learning to fly.
August 22, 2019

Two people wearing olive green flight suits and helmets push a yellow and orange buoy off the ramp of a cargo aircraft flying over ice and snow.

Dropping meteorological buoys in the Arctic

In July 2019, 413 Search and Rescue Squadron successfully completed the 2019 Arctic Buoy Drop to augment the meteorological network already in place in the Arctic.
August 16, 2019

A group of men in various uniforms stand in front of a single propeller aircraft.

Battle of Britain: CAN/RAF—Canadians in the Royal Air Force

Estimates vary regarding the number of Canadians who served during the Battle of Britain because the definition of “Canadian” was still hazy at the time. It’s estimated that more than 100 Canadian pilots served during the Battle and 23 lost their lives.
September 10, 2019

A head and shoulders photo of a man wearing a military tunic with tie. Near his left lapel are wings and several military medal ribbons.

Last Canadian Battle of Britain pilot “slips the surly bonds of earth”

John Stewart Hart, the last surviving Canadian Battle of Britain pilot, died in June 2019 at the age of 102.
September 9, 2019

In a black and white photograph, six uniformed men stand in a line and face the camera.

Check Six! The Battle of Britain in hindsight

More than 100 Canadians are deemed to have participated in the Battle of Britain, and 23 lost their lives. A Royal Canadian Air Force squadron fought during the Battle; No. 1 (RCAF) Squadron, whose pilots were from both a regular force unit and an auxiliary unit, became operational on August 17, 1940.
September 6, 2019

Seven men in military uniforms stand in a row with their hands behind their backs in front a large propeller-driven aircraft.

Market Garden Profile of Courage: Flight Lieutenant Peter William Bickford

Flight Lieutenant Peter Bickford died on the first night of Operation Market Garden, the struggle to secure “a bridge too far”. But not from enemy action—his Lancaster bomber collided with another Lancaster and the crews of both aircraft perished.
August 30, 2019

Two gravestones, side by side, each with an RCAF badge engraved near the top.

Market Garden Profile of Courage: Flying Officer Otto Hjalmar Antoft

Otto Hjalmar Antoft’s path took him from Denmark to Nova Scotia to the skies over Arnhem during Operation Market Garden. He died when the Short Stirling aircraft on which he was a crew member was shot down during the struggle to secure “a bridge too far”.
August 29, 2019

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