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 and a woman shake hands in front of a plaque upon which are words and the Second World War-era badge of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

RCAF and RAF Americans inducted into Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame

Several men from Colorado joined the RCAF or RAF in the years before the U.S.A. entered the Second World War. Ten of them were inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame in October 2017.
November 20, 2017

Wreaths of poppies lie on gray steps in front of a memorial.

“We will remember them”

On November 11, 2017, the Royal Canadian Air Force held its annual Remembrance Day ceremony in front of the Mausoleum in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, where Lieutenant-Colonel William Barker, VC, is interred. Major-General Blaise Frawley, deputy commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force presided over the ceremony. Here are his remarks from the solemn commemoration of our war dead.
November 17, 2017

A woman wearing a black dress is flanked by two men wearing military uniforms on each side. The woman and the man on her left hold a plaque that displays two winged badges.

Governor General Julie Payette receives RCAF astronaut “wings”

Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada Julie Payette has become only the second person to be presented with the Royal Canadian Air Force’s astronaut flying badge, commonly known as astronaut “wings”.
November 14, 2017

Two elderly men wearing medals on their blazers peer out of a vintage aircraft with riveted skin and bearing the designation JB266.

Lancaster links reunite former crewmates

Two Second World War veterans who share a common history of service reunite in Nova Scotia.
November 10, 2017

A child stands in front of a black granite cenotaph, holding a poster with three photos affixed to it.

“Time to Remember”

A Grade 5 student in Nova Scotia heard and saw his see his late great-grandfather, a veteran of the Second World War, this week in a video production spearheaded by the RCAF’s Honorary Colonel Dan Hennessey.
November 9, 2017

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