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

Artwork portraying a woman dressed in a vintage RCAF uniform with airplanes in the background.

RCAF airwomen’s reunion to be held in June

RCAF airwomen, former and currently serving, are invited to attend a reunion in Ottawa June 7-9, 2019.
February 11, 2019

Vintage head and shoulders photo of a young man wearing a military uniform and Air Force “wedge” cap

Farewell to Canada’s last Dambuster

Canada’s last living Dambuster, Fred Sutherland, died on January 21, 2019. Now only one person who participated in the daring raid to destroy German dams nearly 76 years ago is left alive: Great Britain’s George “Johnny” Johnson.
February 7, 2019

A news clipping with the headline “Carty family has enviable war record”, showing head-and-shoulders photos of five men.

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

Two photos of men, one wearing a flight suit and goggles and the other a military uniform.

Death came knocking: the search for an Ottawa neighbourhood’s fallen

Hundreds of residents of an Ottawa neighbourhood known as the Glebe served in the Second World War and 392 or more died. Author and Glebe resident Dave O’Malley took on a Remembrance Day project to map the homes of the fallen.
February 1, 2019

A photo montage of the faces of five men.

Five new members for Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame

Five new members—including two Second World War-era members of the Royal Canadian Air Force—will be inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in May 2019.
January 10, 2019

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