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.

Four men of varying ages, wearing uniforms with bow ties, stand in a line in front of a tartan backdrop.

Three generations mark RCAF service at annual mess dinner

Three generations of the Dolsen family—grandfather, father and sons, retired and serving—attended the annual RCAF mess dinner at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, in March 2018.
April 16, 2018

Two men and a woman sit at a tartan-covered table with documents in front of them and flags in the background.

51 Squadron welcomes new Honorary Colonel

On April 11, 2018, during a ceremony held at 22 Wing North Bay, 51 Aerospace Control & Warning (Operational Training) Squadron Honorary Colonel Thomas Hedican relinquished his appointment to Honorary Colonel Jacques Lacourse.
April 13, 2018

A large outdoor sign with a goalie’s hockey stick leaning against it.

16 Wing supports Humboldt Broncos

Personnel at 16 Wing Borden join with all Canadians in mourning tragic accident involving the Humboldt Broncos, and have taken concrete action to demonstrate their support.
April 11, 2018

A woman and a man sit a tartan-covered table with documents and a miniature totem pole in front of them and a flag in the background.

426 Transport Training Squadron welcomes new Honorary Colonel

Ann Marie Vaughan, Ed. D., was welcomed as Honorary Colonel of 426 Transport Training Squadron in a ceremony held at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, on April 11, 2018.
April 11, 2018

A side view of a brightly painted fighter jet, outdoors on the tarmac.

2018 Demonstration Hornet celebrates NORAD’s 60th anniversary

The 2018 Demonstration Hornet features a paint scheme celebrating this year’s 60th anniversary of the signing of the NORAD Agreement.
April 4, 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

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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