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.

An elderly man, wearing a jacket and tartan tie and a wedge cap, with medals on his jacket, stands behind a podium speaking into microphones.

RCAF remembers the valour of “The Few”

On September 15, 2019, the RCAF marked the 79th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a parade at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.
September 18, 2019

Military insignia

RCAF assures Canada’s sovereignty in the North

From July 22 to 31, 2019, a 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia-based CP-140 Aurora tactical crew and its ground support technicians played a vital role in Operation Limpid, maintaining Canada’s physical presence throughout the North.
September 6, 2019

Eight people wearing disruptive pattern military uniforms stand in a row in front of a small aircraft inside a hangar.

RCAF technicians to compete in Toronto

Eight RCAF aircraft structures technicians from the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering will be in Toronto on the 2019 Labour Day weekend to compete in a regional Aircraft Structures Skills competition.
August 28, 2019

Under a blue sky, a young man wearing a dark blue flight suit and cap stands on the wing of a fighter aircraft with a decoratively painted tail and gives a thumbs-up.

Salmon Arm cadet has experiences of a lifetime

Cadet Warrant Officer First Class Nicholas Lourens, from Salmon Arm, British Columbia, is spending the summer of 2019 learning to fly.
August 22, 2019

Two people wearing olive green flight suits and helmets push a yellow and orange buoy off the ramp of a cargo aircraft flying over ice and snow.

Dropping meteorological buoys in the Arctic

In July 2019, 413 Search and Rescue Squadron successfully completed the 2019 Arctic Buoy Drop to augment the meteorological network already in place in the Arctic.
August 16, 2019

A black and white photo of a man in the cockpit of an aircraft.

What I learned in church about aviation

Author John Chalmers reflects on what he learned about aviation in church and the research he undertook that lead him to discover interesting books and history facts.
February 28, 2019

A woman and a man stand behind a white cross tombstone in a cemetery.

Siblings visit grave of RCAF father 57 years after his death overseas

Kerry Balcom and his sister, Anne Marie Pearle, recently visited the grave of their father, RCAF Sergeant Gordon R. Balcom, in France, for the first time in more than 50 years.
February 27, 2019

Two men in dissimilar uniforms carry a wreath past standing people, some in uniform and some in civilian dress.

Gallant four remembered 40 years on

Three American, one Canadian aircrew gave their lives in a rescue 40 years ago.
February 25, 2019

A black and white photo of two men looking at an X-ray film mounted on a viewer, set on top of a file cabinet.

Henry J. Langdon: An RCAF, industry and union pioneer

Henry Langdon enlisted in the RCAF in 1939, even though regulations did not permit the enlistment of Blacks. Working in predominantly white environments in the RCAF, Air Canada and in his union, he was highly respected for his abilities his efforts to improve race relations.
February 19, 2019

A vintage black and white photo of a man in a military uniform standing in front of a commemorative monument

Recruits of Quality

The quality of Black Canadians recruited to the RCAF during and after the Second World War – even before Blacks were officially allowed to join the Air Force – is reflected in their achievements during and following their military service.
February 12, 2019

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