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

An elderly man sits, wearing a blazer bearing many medals on ribbons.

Frank Poole, Survivor

Captain (retired) Frank Poole received the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest order of military merit, in a June 20, 2017, ceremony at Veterans Memorial Lodge at the Broadmead care facility in Victoria, British Columbia.
November 9, 2017

In a sepia-tone photograph, five men wearing old-style flight suits sit along the top of the fuselage behind the cockpit of a vintage aircraft.

For Freedom: Remembering the lost 408 Squadron bomber crews of the Hamburg raids

We revisit the terrible loss of four aircraft from 408 “Goose” Squadron RCAF on July 29, 1944.
November 8, 2017

A gray statue of a soldier with a cross, on top of a gray plinth, in front of a large brick building.

The fallen airmen of Fernie

On the war memorial in Fernie, B.C., are the names of 114 young men from the city who gave their lives in the service of Canada. Among them are six members of the RCAF who fell during the Second World War. As Remembrance Day approaches, we remember them.
November 8, 2017

A man dressed in a blue Air Force uniform and two other men in civilian suits remove a piece of cloth covering a grave marker.

New grave marker for Leading Aircraftman Hollis Eugene Howard

On September 22, 2017, a new grave marker was unveiled for Leading Aircraftman Hollis Eugene Howard at the Mount Hermon Cemetery in Quebec City.
November 7, 2017

In a black and white photo, a man in a blazer and beret wears one black glove and holds a large sheet of paper titled “Book of Remembrance”; a photo of a cemetery is projected on the wall beside him.

We remember them

The Royal Canadian Air Force takes a look back at Remembrance Day and remembrance through the years.
November 6, 2017

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