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.

Two women, one wearing an olive-green flight suit and the other camouflage pants and a dark blue shirt, stand in front of a grey fighter jet.

Aviation, STEM, and women!

Captain Amanda Kok, an Aerospace Engineering Officer, talks about her career in the RCAF, during which she encountered opportunities to learn, grow, and contribute to the aviation industry.
March 10, 2021

A smiling woman wearing a blue military uniform stands in front of a Canadian flag, her hands resting on a blue chair.

The first perfect score of the year

Major Heather Smith, with 418 Search and Rescue Operational Training Squadron, based at 19 Wing Comox, British Columbia, is the first person to register a perfect score of 400 on the FORCE test this year.
March 10, 2021

Four women with masks stand in front of flags with arms crossed. Two of them wear olive-green flight suits and two wear camouflage uniforms.

The Women of Canadian Detachment Tinker – RCAF’s future leaders

The women of Canadian Detachment Tinker are the future leaders who will continue to shape and change the face of the RCAF for the better, paving the way for future generations of women.
March 9, 2021

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We have come a long way

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the great accomplishments of women today, but also those of women who paved the way for the generations that followed them.
March 8, 2021

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The future of the Air Force is built upon the service and sacrifices of the past

With its new metal flying badges made from metal recovered from a downed Second World War bomber, RCAF’s past merges with the present.
March 2, 2021

A painting of a large white aircraft with an engine on fire flying above a submarine.

The RCAF and the Battle of the Atlantic

The Battle of the Atlantic was the largest and longest campaign of the Second World War. The Royal Canadian Air Force was a key partner in winning the battle.
May 3, 2021

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Drive, service a way to give back

Chief Warrant Officer Keith Mitchell could add two more years to his exceptional, 40-plus year military service, culminating in his award of the Cross of Valour, but he’s calling it a career on March 31, 2021.
March 31, 2021

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Commemorating the “Great Escape”

April 24, 2021 marks the 77th anniversary of the daring attempt made by Canadian and British soldiers and aviators to escape the Stalag Luft III prison during the Second World War.
March 24, 2021

A black-and-white photo of six uniformed women standing in a row with their arms around each other’s waists, looking up.

We have come a long way

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the great accomplishments of women today, but also those of women who paved the way for the generations that followed them.
March 8, 2021

A photo of a display case made of glass and wood that contains the anti-gravity suit created by Dr. Wilbur Rounding Franks.

Celebrating Wilbur Rounding Franks, inventor of the G-Suit

Today, we pay homage to an aviation pioneer who, thanks to his invention, the G-Suit, saved the lives of numerous fighter pilots and greatly contributed to the evolution of military aviation.
March 4, 2021

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