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 men and a woman in black chef’s clothing stand in a line in a kitchen with their arms around each other’s shoulders.

Culinary team wins silver at international competition

Three Canadian Armed Forces cooks set mouths watering with a silver-medal-winning three-course meal at the recent international Joint Culinary Training Exercise in Fort Lee, Virginia.
March 22, 2018

A white-haired man in a suit sits facing a group of men in olive green uniforms or casual clothing beside a small aircraft.

RCAF Second World War veteran gets surprise visit

RCAF Squadron Leader (retired) George Sweanor, 98, shares stories with his modern-day counterparts; he and they have served Canada as members of 419 Squadron.
March 15, 2018

A front-end loader positions itself behind the open cargo ramp of a large aircraft.

Traffic techs: the unseen force that keeps us moving

Traffic technicians are the brains and muscles of the Air Movements Section at 4 Wing Cold Lake’s Medley air terminal.
March 14, 2018

A bearded man wearing a military uniform holds a book.

Rabbi joins the RCAF chaplain team in Winnipeg

With his attesting (enrolment) ceremony behind him, Rabbi Noteh Glogauer is now Captain Rabbi Glogauer of the Royal Canadian Air Force, serving at 17 Wing Winnipeg, Manitoba.
March 12, 2018

Five medals on ribbons on a black background

Governor General presents honours at Rideau Hall

Governor General and Commander in Chief of Canada Julie Payette presented honours to 48 recipients during a ceremony on February 28, 2018, at Rideau Hall. She also presented honours in Toronto on February 20, 2018.
March 12, 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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