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.

Three women in volleyball sports clothing stand on a volleyball court

Chang sisters representing Canada at international volleyball competition

Three sisters – two from the RCAF and one from the RCN – are representing Canada at an international military volleyball championship being held in Edmonton, Alberta.
June 1, 2018

A man and a woman, both wearing dark blue military uniforms, sit in leather wing-backed chairs on a stage with flags behind them.

New NORAD commander

On May 24, 2018, General Terrence O’Shaughnessy took command of NORAD/USNORTHCOM.
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 man and a woman, both in uniform, stand and salute flags as a formation of 10 aircraft flies overhead.

Canada, U.S. mark 60 years of joint NORAD command

Canada and the United States celebrate the 60th anniversary of NORAD.
May 22, 2018

Cpl Justin Shantidatt

Air Cadet Became an Aviation Technician for the Snowbirds

Cpl Justin Shantidatt has been fascinated with technology and aviation since a young age, this eventually transformed into a career as an Aviation Technician with 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, the CF Snowbirds.
May 18, 2018

Five people, in various military uniforms stand with a door behind them. Two of them use scissors to cut a ribbon strung between two metal posts in front of them.

New “collaboration room” named after Battle of Britain mechanic

A new “collaboration room” at the RCAF’s school of aerospace engineering and technology provides an innovative approach to collaboration, teamwork and learning.
July 5, 2018

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

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