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

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Remembering the “Buffalo Nine”

On August 9, 1974, nine Canadian peacekeepers were killed when their Buffalo aircraft was shot down over Syria. Today, August 9 is commemorated as National Peacekeepers’ Day.
August 9, 2019

Captain William A. Bishop

Billy Bishop – Canada’s first Air Force Victoria Cross recipient

June 2 is celebrated as “Billy Bishop Day” in honour of the famous First World War ace.
May 31, 2019

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Regulation? What regulation?

During the early years of the Second World War, Black-Canadians were, for the most part, barred from joining the Royal Canadian Air Force. But it’s clear that some recruiting officers deliberately ignored the regulation.
February 5, 2019

An old black and white photograph of a man in military uniform standing in front of a bi-plane.

“They damn nearly did it for me”: The story of William Barker, VC

First World War pilot William Barker is Canada’s most decorated war hero. He was terribly wounded in combat with the enemy and was awarded the Victoria Cross. But he said he would throw his decorations in the fire if he could be fit and healthy again.
October 26, 2018

Three men.

Battle of Britain veteran marks 100th birthday

Flying Officer (retired) Ralph Wild was an instrument repair technician during the Battle of Britain. On September 27, 2018, he turned 100 and among those who sent him birthday wishes was the commander of the RCAF.
October 3, 2018

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