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.

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Inaugural Victory March Replaces the Annual Nijmegen March

The CAF has launched the inaugural Victory March to continue the long standing tradition of participation in the Nijmegen Marches and is encouraging all Canadians to take part.
May 7, 2021

Sergeant Gordon (Jody) Hynes

Occupation in Perspective: Search & Rescue Technician

Interview with Sergeant Gordon (Jody) Hynes, Search & Rescue Technician.
April 19, 2021

A photo montage of six people wearing military, civilian and sporting clothes. In the middle of the montage is a military crest around which are the words “SOLDIER ON” and “SANS LIMITES”.

Together, apart: connection through physical challenge

The 4x4x48 Challenge, during which participants walk or run four miles every four hours for 48 hours, allowed a team of six military members to come together virtually and support Soldier On.
March 30, 2021

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Track and field for Masters Athletes 10: Sports nutrition, part 2

This is the tenth in a series of articles covering all aspects of masters athletes’ training and nutrition for track and field events. In this article, we continue to examine sports nutrition.
March 25, 2021

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A dynamic career in the RCAF

Cpl Kirandeep Braich, an Aviation Technician with 1 Air Maintenance Squadron, based at 4 Wing Cold Lake, says that being part of the CAF comes with many challenges and opportunities that are not only rewarding, but also make you grow as a person.
March 12, 2021

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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

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“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

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Prisoner of war diary available online

A true Canadian military treasure has been digitized and placed online—a diary kept by Flight Lieutenant John Colwell while he was a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft III.
July 30, 2018

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Lost Canadian Banshee pilot remembered at U.S. naval base

A ceremony honouring the memory of Lieutenant Barry Troy, a Banshee fighter pilot who disappeared off the coast of Florida 60 years ago, was held in Mayport, Florida on February 26, 2018. Following the ceremony, newly discovered artifacts from the crash were transferred to the RCAF.
March 1, 2018

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RCAF's pathway to the stars began with the Silver Dart

The first successful powered, heavier-than-air, controlled airplane flight in Canada took place at Baddeck, Nova Scotia, on February 23, 1909, when the Silver Dart took to the air, piloted by J.A.D. McCurdy.
February 22, 2018

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