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

An old biplane flies above a frozen lake.

RCAF's pathway to the stars began with the Silver Dart

The first successful powered, heavier-than-air, controlled airplane flight in Canada took place at Baddeck, Nova Scotia, on February 23, 1909, when the Silver Dart took to the air, piloted by J.A.D. McCurdy.
February 22, 2018

Head and shoulders photo of a man.

Artifacts belonging to Lieutenant Barry Troy returning to Canada

On February 26, 2018, artifacts belonging to the late Lieutenant Barry Troy, a fighter pilot with the Royal Canadian Navy, who disappeared off the coast of Florida in 1958, will be returned to representatives of the Canadian Department of National Defence. 
February 21, 2018

Three men, one in a military uniform, stand beside each other. The man in the centre and on the right hold a framed certificate between them.

Gold – 40 years ago

In an article published 30 years ago, we look back at a reunion of members of the RCAF Flyers team before they headed off to the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
February 16, 2018

In a vintage photograph, a man and woman kiss beside a train.

A Royal Canadian Air Force Valentine’s Day

For Royal Canadian Air Force members, Valentine’s Day is often “business as usual”.
February 14, 2018

Four people in military uniforms and two in civilian clothing, each holding a large flag on a pole, stand on the surface of a hockey arena with a large crowd behind them.

Retired Air Force Colours entrusted to Toronto Maple Leafs

On February 10, 2018, the RCAF’s retired Colours (unique military flags) were entrusted to the guardianship of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team.
February 13, 2018

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