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.

A group of people, seen from behind, sit in chairs in a large indoor space, listening to a man wearing a blue uniform.

Royal Air Force marks 100th anniversary by inspiring Canadian youth

As part of the Royal Air Force’s 100th anniversary celebrations in Canada, students and cadets are participating in RAF100 events at Vintage Wings of Canada.
June 8, 2018

Five people, all in uniform, stand in front of three flags and a blue wall with lettering; two hold a plaque between them.

CADS has the watch

22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay, Ontario, home to the Canadian Air Defence Sector, receives the Partridge-Slemon Award recognizing its work in support of NORAD.
June 8, 2018

A person wearing orange clothing tends to a girl with simulated injuries.

Chinthex 2018

435 Transport and Rescue Squadron holds annual SAR exercise.
June 7, 2018

Two men in green flying uniforms hold a certificate in a folder between them.

RCAF trainees encouraged to make the most of their time between courses

Waiting periods between various phases of RCAF training is inevitable—but trainees are encouraged to make the most of those gaps for both personal and professional development.
June 4, 2018

A man, woman and child look at items laid out on a table covered in a tartan tablecloth

Lost Canadian Banshee pilot remembered in Ottawa

More than 60 years ago, Lieutenant Barry Troy disappeared when his Banshee fighter jet crashed off the coast of Florida. On April 27, 2018, members of the Troy family gathered with personnel from the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Navy to pay tribute to his memory.
June 1, 2018

Two men in military uniforms sit at a table covered in tartan cloth and a group of military personnel stand behind them.

RCAF school renamed in honour of Wing Commander William Barker, VC

The Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Studies was renamed in honour of Wing Commander William Barker, VC on April 12, 2018.
April 17, 2018

Four men of varying ages, wearing uniforms with bow ties, stand in a line in front of a tartan backdrop.

Three generations mark RCAF service at annual mess dinner

Three generations of the Dolsen family—grandfather, father and sons, retired and serving—attended the annual RCAF mess dinner at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, in March 2018.
April 16, 2018

Military personnel playing bagpipes.

RCAF Tartan: How it all began

In 1942, the RCAF tartan and the first RCAF Pipe Band came into being side by side under the guidance of Group Captain Elmer G. Fullerton at No. 9 Service Flying Training School at Summerside, Prince Edward Island.
April 6, 2018

Twenty men in uniform and one man in a suit stand on the porch of a wooden building or sit on wooden chairs, with a dog lying in the foreground.

Early United States Navy operations at Shearwater

The second-oldest military airfield in Canada, the Shearwater air station at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, has been home to Canada’s naval or RCAF maritime air squadrons since its establishment in 1918.
April 3, 2018

A white-haired man in a suit sits facing a group of men in olive green uniforms or casual clothing beside a small aircraft.

RCAF Second World War veteran gets surprise visit

RCAF Squadron Leader (retired) George Sweanor, 98, shares stories with his modern-day counterparts; he and they have served Canada as members of 419 Squadron.
March 15, 2018

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