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 gray statue of a soldier with a cross, on top of a gray plinth, in front of a large brick building.

The fallen airmen of Fernie

On the war memorial in Fernie, B.C., are the names of 114 young men from the city who gave their lives in the service of Canada. Among them are six members of the RCAF who fell during the Second World War. As Remembrance Day approaches, we remember them.
November 8, 2017

A man dressed in a blue Air Force uniform and two other men in civilian suits remove a piece of cloth covering a grave marker.

New grave marker for Leading Aircraftman Hollis Eugene Howard

On September 22, 2017, a new grave marker was unveiled for Leading Aircraftman Hollis Eugene Howard at the Mount Hermon Cemetery in Quebec City.
November 7, 2017

In a black and white photo, a man in a blazer and beret wears one black glove and holds a large sheet of paper titled “Book of Remembrance”; a photo of a cemetery is projected on the wall beside him.

We remember them

The Royal Canadian Air Force takes a look back at Remembrance Day and remembrance through the years.
November 6, 2017

A black and white pen and ink montage of the head and shoulders of a man in military uniform, three aircraft and a tank.

Flight Lieutenant Colton “burns bright” in memory

Flight Lieutenant John Colton had a harrowing service as a Typhoon pilot during the Second World War. On October 5, 2017, the RCAF commander was presented with a limited edition print commemorating F/L Colton and his military service.
October 30, 2017

Two men, one holding a wreath, wear medium-blue uniforms with poppies and salute at a stone memorial, while many more people in similar uniforms stand in the background

Maritime patrol fallen are not forgotten

Fourteen wreaths are laid at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, to commemorate flyers who have lost their lives while carrying out long-range and maritime patrol missions.
October 25, 2017

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