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 man wearing a disruptive pattern camouflage uniform stands holding a flagpole with a flag in one hand and a military rifle in the other.

RCAF member takes “top shot” at military shooting competition

Lieutenant Baron Hordo, a member of the Royal Canadian Force, took home the Queen’s Medal for top Regular Force shooter at the 2018 Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Competition held in September in Ottawa.
October 5, 2018

A man in a disruptive pattern military uniform, wearing headphones and a microphone, sits at a desk in front of a computer.

22 Wing North Bay executes worldwide synthetic battlefield exercise

In September 2018, 22 Wing North Bay executed an international battlefield exercise – all in virtual reality.
September 26, 2018

MFO Flight Followers

MFO Flight Followers Corporal Joshua Berkelmans and Sergeant Wayne Farrell

Whether it’s the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) UH-60 helicopter observer missions, the movement of troops and essential supplies in a Czech Air Force CASA C-295 aircraft around the Sinai Peninsula, or an emergency medical evacuation to a hospital in Tel Aviv, Israel, there is always a Canadian Armed Forces Flight Follower tracking it to make sure it takes off, conducts its mission, and lands at its destination safely.
September 26, 2018

A fighter jet flies slightly behind a larger bomber aircraft with four propellers.

"Q" Duty

“Q" Duty may be the RCAF’s most important mission: defending and deterring threats from Canadian sovereign airspace. Pilots and support personnel are ready to go on a moment’s notice—and consume lots of coffee while they are on duty.
September 25, 2018

Three men.

8 Wing Trenton welcomes new honorary colonel

8 Wing Trenton gave a warm welcome to their new honorary colonel, John Smylie, and said a fond farewell to their outgoing honorary colonel, John Williams, at a ceremony held September 20, 2018.
September 21, 2018

Several men wearing flying uniforms and life vests in front of a large aircraft.

Canadians and the legendary Dambusters Raid

On the night of May 16/17, 1943, Canadians were among the audacious Lancaster bomber crews who struck dams on the Ruhr river valley, heartland of the German industrial complex. They have gone down in history as “The Dambusters”.
May 16, 2018

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Wing Commander Barker continues to inspire today’s RCAF leaders

The Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Studies was renamed in honour of Wing Commander William Barker, VC on April 12, 2018. The school’s commandant reflects on Wing Commander Barker’s enduring legacy and the strong parallels between the First World War Ace and the modern RCAF school that is now named after him.
April 25, 2018

A group of men stand in rows in front of an aircraft and a building.

A 1963 snapshot of 1 Air Division Europe

The history of Canada’s 1 Air Division Europe is outlined in an extract from a 1963 publication.
April 23, 2018

A group of people in military combat uniforms stand on a tarmac outdoors with aircraft behind them.

Royal Air Force celebrates 100th anniversary

As the Royal Air Force celebrates 100 years of service to the UK, the Royal Canadian Air Force revisits its long and interwoven history of training, war-fighting, and mutual respect with the RAF.
April 18, 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

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