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.

Three men, wearing military uniforms and holding pens, sit behind a tartan covered table. In front of each is a large document.

19 Wing welcomes new honorary colonel

19 Wing Comox welcomed Robert Quartermain as the wing’s new honorary colonel on July 4, 2019.
July 16, 2019

A montage of two women in aircraft cockpits, flying the aircraft.

Northern Lights Aero Foundation announces 2019 award winners

Two RCAF women are among the 2019 winners of the Northern Lights Aero Foundation “Elsie” awards, which honour Canadian women who have made outstanding contributions to aviation and aerospace.
July 16, 2019

A large group of men and women wearing a variety of military uniforms sit or stand in three rows, with old stone and brick turreted buildings beside and behind them, and a harbour and hills in the distant background,

Governor General invests recipients into the Order of Military Merit

The Governor General presented Honours to Canadian Armed Forces recipients at la Citadelle de Québec on July 3, 2019.
July 12, 2019

A large group of people, some in military uniforms, gathers around a rainbow-coloured sign. Behind them, six people in blue military uniforms stand on a flatbed trailer and hold musical instruments.

Canadian Armed Forces personnel show their Pride in Winnipeg

Some 60 local Canadian Armed Forces personnel participated in Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Pride Parade on June 2, 2019.
July 5, 2019

Two men in blue uniforms and two older men wearing dark blazers hung with medals stand in a row in front of display banners featuring aircraft, badges and people in uniform.

Air Force Day on Parliament Hill celebrates RCAF members, past and present

Air Force Day on Parliament Hill 2019 honoured RCAF members, past and present, and marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
July 3, 2019

An older man, wearing a flying helmet, sits in the cockpit of a small aircraft that has its canopy open.

Aviation community says goodbye to Fern Villeneuve

The founder of the RCAF’s legendary “Golden Hawks” aerobatic team died December 25, 2019, at the age of 92.
January 10, 2020

Two men wearing Second World War era air force uniforms, stand in front of a large aircraft.

Remembering aviation legend Russell Bannock

Canada’s second highest scoring Second World War ace, and a legend in Canadian civil aviation, Russ Bannock, died on January 4, 2020, at the age of 100.
January 10, 2020

A man wearing an air force uniform stands beside an older man leaning on a metal walker and wearing a blazer and air force tartan tie. Both have several medals on their jackets.

December 1944: An “Alouette” Christmas story

On Christmas Eve, 1944, Flight Sergeant Jean Cauchy and his crew, flying a Halifax bomber back from a raid in Germany were in trouble—they’d lost an engine and there was still a bomb in their bomb bay that they hadn’t been able to drop.
December 23, 2019

A vintage photo of Santa Claus seated in the cockpit of a helicopter, waving through the open side window.

Holiday traditions in the Royal Canadian Air Force

Royal Canadian Air Force treasures and maintains a number of special traditions associated with the holiday period – ranging from Christmas dinners to “sticky floors” to New Year’s levees.
December 20, 2019

A man wearing flying gear stands on the wing of an aircraft, leaning against the fuselage.

100th birthday of Thomas W. Dowbiggin

December 3, 2019, marks the 100th birthday of  Squadron Leader (retired) Thomas W. Dowbiggin, who served as a Second World War Spitfire pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 401 Squadron.
December 3, 2019

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