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.

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

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Master Corporal Emil Edwards: A love of music contributes to success as sensor operator

Master Corporal Emil Edwards, an airborne electronic sensor operator flying on CH-148 Cyclone helicopters, says an interest in music helped him in his job of listening for underwater acoustics.
April 12, 2019

A woman wearing green camouflage clothing, black boots and a dark blue tuque squats by the landing gear of an aircraft and reaches for something.

Master Corporal Andrea Lorinczy, third-generation CAF member

Aviation life support equipment specialist Master Corporal Andrea Lorinczy talks about the life decisions and the training that have settled her on her life’s path. She is in Atlanta, Georgia, this week to compete in the annual Aerospace Maintenance Competition being held from April 8 to 11, 2019.
April 8, 2019

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RCAF Pipes and Drums reunion planned

The RCAF Pipes and Drums Band, based in Ottawa, is planning a reunion for alumni and friends in October 2019 to celebrate the band’s 70th anniversary.
April 5, 2019

An elderly man, wearing a jacket and tartan tie and a wedge cap, with medals on his jacket, stands behind a podium speaking into microphones.

RCAF remembers the valour of “The Few”

On September 15, 2019, the RCAF marked the 79th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a parade at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.
September 18, 2019

A montage of two head-and-shoulders photos of men, one wearing military flying clothes and the other wearing a jacket, tie, and “wedge cap”.

Lost in the wild: The mystery of Northrop Delta 673

Two Royal Canadian Air Force airmen would become the first to die in Canada in the Second World War, but they would not be found until 1958.
September 13, 2019

Six men wearing military uniforms with belted tunics, stand in a row.

The Battle of Britain: The RCAF gains new leadership

Many Canadian fighter pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain put their knowledge and experience, gained during the crucial battle, to excellent use as they provided foundational leadership for new squadrons over the following years of the war.
September 13, 2019

A group of pilots of No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron walk towards the camera from a Hawker Hurricane after returning from a fighter sortie on October 24, 1940.

Battle of Britain profile of courage: John Alexander Kent and the RAF’s Polish fighter pilots

In 1940, John Alexander Kent, a Canadian, was posted to RAF Northolt as a flight commander with the Royal Air Force’s newly-formed No. 303 Polish Squadron.
September 12, 2019

A group of men in various uniforms stand in front of a single propeller aircraft.

Battle of Britain: CAN/RAF—Canadians in the Royal Air Force

Estimates vary regarding the number of Canadians who served during the Battle of Britain because the definition of “Canadian” was still hazy at the time. It’s estimated that more than 100 Canadian pilots served during the Battle and 23 lost their lives.
September 10, 2019

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