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 man in a dinner jacket stands at a podium and speaks into a microphone bearing a model of a passenger aircraft. Behind him is a painting of soldiers on a hilltop during a battle.

From the Avro Arrow to the Gimli Glider

The Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering hosted guests who related the recovery of Avro Arrow models from Lake Ontario, and the landing of the “Gimli Glider” at a former RCAF airfield in Manitoba.
January 8, 2018

A smiling young woman wearing a cook’s uniform and hat holds a platter with a very large cooked turkey.

Christmas, home and away

Christmas away from home and loved ones can be lonely, but Royal Canadian Air Force members manage to create a happy Christmas wherever they may find themselves. Here is a selection of photos of CAF Christmases, home and away.
December 22, 2017

A man with a white beard and moustache, wearing red and white clothes, sits in front of a laptop. He is flanked by two men wearing green disruptive pattern military uniforms.

Tech experts share tricks of the trade with Santa

Santa visited 14 Greenwood’s Wing Telecommunications Flight to get an update from the experts about the latest technology available to help him in his journey on December 24th.
December 20, 2017

Six people wearing disruptive pattern uniforms and one civilian, stand behind a man, also wearing a disruptive pattern uniform, who is gesturing at cardboard boxes filled with bags of foodstuffs.

Charity hockey game supports local food bank

The RCAF’s Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering second annual charity hockey game garnered cash and food donations for the Angus, Ontario, food bank.
December 18, 2017

Two adults dressed like Christmas elves are seated at a table with a child, whose back is to the camera, wearing a hospital gown

Operation HoHoHo brings the magic of the holiday season to children at SickKids

Once again, the men, women and Santa’s elves from 400 Squadron brought some Christmas joy to children at SickKids Hospital in Toronto.
December 15, 2017

Leading Aircraftman Stan Rivers (on the wing) and Leading Aircraftman Ken Allenby of 402 “Bear” Squadron, paint D-Day markings on an Allied aircraft.

Operation Overlord: D-Day Remembered

Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons had already been involved for several months in bombing key enemy targets in the invasion area. Now, RCAF squadrons were among 171 Allied squadrons that attacked on D-Day—June 6, 1944.
June 6, 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

Side-by-side photos of a man. On the left, in black and white, he is young, wearing a flight suit and helmet; on the right, in colour, he is older, wearing an open-necked civilian shirt.

Colonel Ralph Hamilton Annis, January 11, 1931 – May 14, 2018

Colonel Ralph Annis will be laid to rest on Saturday, June 2, 2018.
May 28, 2018

Hundreds of uniformed people arrange themselves on tarmac to form the words “LOGGIE-FIVE-0”

Retired supply technician has huge effect on Logistics Branch 50th anniversary

Some 350 Canadian Armed Forces logisticians gather for a photo to mark the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Forces Logistics Branch.
May 25, 2018

A black-and-white photograph of a young man wearing an air force uniform and staring intently at the camera, superimposed on a colour photograph of a blue sky with light clouds.

How “Screwball” Beurling got his nickname

Flight Sergeant George Beurling soared to fame in the skies over Second World War Malta, and chafed at life on the ground.
May 18, 2018

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