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.

Under a blue sky, with a large white building in the background, a person stands on a runway, wearing a green and black disruptive pattern jacket, and green pants and helmet, and holding a small control box on a long cable leading to a helicopter with its rotors turning.

New challenges for Canadian Armed Forces personnel

Are you a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) looking for a new job and a new challenge?The Royal Canadian Air Force is looking for currently-serving members interested in a career as a flight engineer, an airborne electronic sensor operator or a search and rescue technician. Briefing teams will be visiting locations across the country throughout May 2019 to meet with military personnel and discuss the possibilities.
April 30, 2019

Four men and one woman, all wearing similar blue military uniforms, sit at or stand behind a table in front of a tartan backdrop displaying a framed photo; a flag stands on each side of the photo.

“You rise when you lift others”

14 Air Maintenance Squadron welcomes Honorary Colonel David Proudfoot.
April 26, 2019

Seven people wearing Canadian disruptive pattern military uniforms, flanked by a person wearing a different disruptive pattern uniform and a person in civilian clothes, stand in a row on a stage.

RCAF technicians make a winning impression at aerospace maintenance competition

RCAF air maintenance technicians took home awards from the Aerospace Maintenance Competition held in Atlanta, Georgia, in April. It was the first time the RCAF had sent teams to compete.
April 18, 2019

On the ice of a hockey arena, several people, including two holding hockey sticks, are on either side of a man in a military uniform holding a hockey puck.

Operation Hockey Heroes: 401 Squadron celebrates its centennial and raises funds for charity

As part of its 100th anniversary celebrations, 401 Squadron in Cold Lake, Alberta, held a hockey game, featuring Edmonton Oilers alumni and community members, to raise funds for charity.
April 15, 2019

A man wearing a disruptive pattern military combat uniform speaks to a group of military members wearing combat uniforms or flight suits.

Chief of the Defence Staff highlights 14 Wing’s professionalism

General Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff, recently visited 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, where he met with wing personnel and presented a commendation to 404 Long Range Patrol Squadron, which flies the CP-140 Aurora
April 15, 2019

A red aircraft in flight.

Five new inductees for Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame

Four individuals, including a First and Second World War Royal Canadian Air Force member and an RCAF air demonstration team, will be honoured by Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in 2020.
November 15, 2019

A man wearing a disruptive-pattern uniform and a blue beret prepares to be high-fived by a toddler, while a second man in a similar uniform and a large crowd of people watch.

75th anniversary of 407 Squadron aircraft forced landing in Norway

Six Canadians crash-landed their Second World War bomber in Nazi-occupied Norway in 1944. Since the mid-1980s, their descendants and the descendants of the Norwegians who helped them escape the Nazis, gather yearly to remember and give thanks.
November 7, 2019

A man and a woman sit side by side

Profile of Courage: Jack Watts passes away at age of 98

Jack Watts, whose war-time exploits included helping destroy the Tirpitz battle ship and surviving a crash in the Mediterranean, died in 2019 at the age of 98.
November 5, 2019

Two young men in uniform sit on the leading edge of the wing of a vintage propeller aircraft, and two more stand in front of the wing.

Junius Lyman Edward Hokan: An extraordinary RCAF officer

Pilot Officer Hokan was 20 when he died, but during his service he broke the race barrier barring Black-Canadians from serving in the RCAF, was an accomplished fighter pilot and invented a navigation device that drew the attention of Great Britain’s air ministry.
November 4, 2019

An engraved granite memorial with a crumpled piece of metal resting on the ground on one side, and a remembrance wreath resting on a stand on the other side.

Delta 673’s lost airmen commemorated

Eighty years after they mysteriously vanished, the aircrew of Northrop Delta 673 were commemorated and a granite monument unveiled in their honour on September 14, 2019, deep in the New Brunswick woods.
October 31, 2019

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