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

A man in a dinner jacket stands at a podium and speaks into a microphone bearing a model of a passenger aircraft. Behind him is a painting of soldiers on a hilltop during a battle.

From the Avro Arrow to the Gimli Glider

The Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering hosted guests who related the recovery of Avro Arrow models from Lake Ontario, and the landing of the “Gimli Glider” at a former RCAF airfield in Manitoba.
January 8, 2018

A smiling young woman wearing a cook’s uniform and hat holds a platter with a very large cooked turkey.

Christmas, home and away

Christmas away from home and loved ones can be lonely, but Royal Canadian Air Force members manage to create a happy Christmas wherever they may find themselves. Here is a selection of photos of CAF Christmases, home and away.
December 22, 2017

A man in a blue uniform plays a trumpet by a stone tomb with a metal soldier’s helmet; a woman in a black uniform stands at a podium. Both wear poppies. Behind them are military members and civilians.

“Last Post” presents challenges for buglers

Many people cannot hear “Last Post” without tearing up. For the people who sound it, suppressing an emotional reaction is not the only challenge.
December 15, 2017

Five people, two wearing blue Air Force uniforms, stand beside each other, looking at the camera.

Royal Canadian Legion and 16 Wing share Christmas dinner with Veterans

Personnel from 16 Wing Borden helped the Royal Canadian Legion Branch in Angus, Ontario, with their annual Christmas dinner for residents of the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, located in Toronto.
December 13, 2017

Six gold, blue and red jet aircraft with red maple leaf flag markings fly upside-down over forested land, with a town, a large body of water, an island, and snow-covered mountains in the background.

Saluting the Golden Centennaires’ 50th anniversary

The story of the Canadian Armed Forces Golden Centennaires, the air demonstration team that celebrated Canada’s Centennial Year throughout Canada and farther afield.
December 7, 2017

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