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

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

A montage of a beach and a photo of a man.

Lost Canadian Banshee pilot remembered at U.S. naval base

A ceremony honouring the memory of Lieutenant Barry Troy, a Banshee fighter pilot who disappeared off the coast of Florida 60 years ago, was held in Mayport, Florida on February 26, 2018. Following the ceremony, newly discovered artifacts from the crash were transferred to the RCAF.
March 1, 2018

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