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 group of people, seen from behind, sit in chairs in a large indoor space, listening to a man wearing a blue uniform.

Royal Air Force marks 100th anniversary by inspiring Canadian youth

As part of the Royal Air Force’s 100th anniversary celebrations in Canada, students and cadets are participating in RAF100 events at Vintage Wings of Canada.
June 8, 2018

A person wearing orange clothing tends to a girl with simulated injuries.

Chinthex 2018

435 Transport and Rescue Squadron holds annual SAR exercise.
June 7, 2018

Two men in green flying uniforms hold a certificate in a folder between them.

RCAF trainees encouraged to make the most of their time between courses

Waiting periods between various phases of RCAF training is inevitable—but trainees are encouraged to make the most of those gaps for both personal and professional development.
June 4, 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

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 woman wearing a black dress is flanked by two men wearing military uniforms on each side. The woman and the man on her left hold a plaque that displays two winged badges.

Governor General Julie Payette receives RCAF astronaut “wings”

Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada Julie Payette has become only the second person to be presented with the Royal Canadian Air Force’s astronaut flying badge, commonly known as astronaut “wings”.
November 14, 2017

Two elderly men wearing medals on their blazers peer out of a vintage aircraft with riveted skin and bearing the designation JB266.

Lancaster links reunite former crewmates

Two Second World War veterans who share a common history of service reunite in Nova Scotia.
November 10, 2017

A child stands in front of a black granite cenotaph, holding a poster with three photos affixed to it.

“Time to Remember”

A Grade 5 student in Nova Scotia heard and saw his see his late great-grandfather, a veteran of the Second World War, this week in a video production spearheaded by the RCAF’s Honorary Colonel Dan Hennessey.
November 9, 2017

An elderly man sits, wearing a blazer bearing many medals on ribbons.

Frank Poole, Survivor

Captain (retired) Frank Poole received the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest order of military merit, in a June 20, 2017, ceremony at Veterans Memorial Lodge at the Broadmead care facility in Victoria, British Columbia.
November 9, 2017

In a sepia-tone photograph, five men wearing old-style flight suits sit along the top of the fuselage behind the cockpit of a vintage aircraft.

For Freedom: Remembering the lost 408 Squadron bomber crews of the Hamburg raids

We revisit the terrible loss of four aircraft from 408 “Goose” Squadron RCAF on July 29, 1944.
November 8, 2017

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