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.

Three men wearing blue military uniforms and holding pens sit at a table covered with a tartan cloth on which there are documents. Behind the men are three flags.

22 Wing North Bay welcomes its new honorary colonel

On July 23, the members of 22 Wing North Bay welcomed Peter Chirico as their new honorary colonel during a virtual ceremony that boasted hundreds of spectators from across Canada and the United States.
August 4, 2020

Six people wearing military uniforms are in a room. Five of them sit on chairs and the one who is standing gives a patch badge to one of the people sitting.

12 Wing identifies five lead squadron Sentinels

New 12 Wing Lead Squadron Sentinels received their patch during a ceremony held on July 13, 2020.
July 31, 2020

Four men in running gear stand in a line, all grasping a relay baton.

Canadians take M55 4x400m Indoor World Record

Canadian runners capture the M55 4X400m Indoor World Record in Toronto.
July 30, 2020

Three men wearing blue military uniforms stand behind a table covered in tartan and on which are documents. Behind the men, are a big blue and white backdrop and three flags.

1 Canadian Air Division welcomes new commander

The Change of Command Ceremony for 1 CAD/CANR was held in Winnipeg on July 6, 2020. During the ceremony, Major-General Eric Kenny succeeded Lieutenant-General Alain Pelletier as the new Commander of 1 CAD/CANR.
July 24, 2020

Four women run on a track during a track and field competition.

Track and field for Masters Athletes 5: Planning your training phases

Athletes cannot expect ready-made programs to meet their needs. Proper planning will greatly impact success: fail to plan, plan to fail!
July 17, 2020

Two gravestones, side by side, each with an RCAF badge engraved near the top.

Market Garden Profile of Courage: Flying Officer Otto Hjalmar Antoft

Otto Hjalmar Antoft’s path took him from Denmark to Nova Scotia to the skies over Arnhem during Operation Market Garden. He died when the Short Stirling aircraft on which he was a crew member was shot down during the struggle to secure “a bridge too far”.
August 29, 2019

Five men wearing military uniforms stand in front of an aircraft.

401 Squadron provides air cover during Dieppe raid

The RCAF’s 401 Squadron was one of nine Canadian squadrons that took part in Operation Jubilee—the raid on Dieppe, France—on August 19, 1942.
August 19, 2019

A vintage head-and-shoulders photograph of a young man wearing a military uniform, including tunic, tie and peaked hat. There are wings on the tunic near the lapel.

Dieppe profile of courage: John Edwin Gardiner

Pilot Officer John Gardiner was born in Saskatchewan on July 8, 1919. He and his wingman died during Operation Jubilee when their Spitfires collided in the sky while being attacked by a German fighter. They are buried side by side in France.
August 16, 2019

Vintage photo of a young man wearing a military uniform, including “wedge” cap, tunic and tie.

Dieppe profile of courage: Stirling David Banks

Stirling David Banks was born on April 7, 1923, in Popular Grove, Prince Edward Island. His life would end 19 short years later, lost when his Hurricane aircraft went down during Operation Jubilee, the disastrous raid on Dieppe.
August 14, 2019

A man, who is wearing a military uniform and has a white bandage wrapped around his head, stands beside a damaged aircraft.

In the skies above: Dieppe, August 19, 1942

It was August 19, 1942, and Operation Jubilee was about to begin. The target was the French port of Dieppe. 
August 13, 2019

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