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 young man wearing dark blue coveralls works on the tail of an aircraft in a large building.

Comox cadet spends summer working on aircraft

Cadet Warrant Officer Second Class Mitchell Mansfield from Comox, British Columbia, is spending the summer of 2019 working alongside specialised aircraft maintenance engineers at the Comox Cadet Flying Training Centre.
August 12, 2019

.

RCAF welcomes ten newly-winged pilots

On July 26. 2019, ten Royal Canadian Air Force pilots successfully completed the third phase of their pilot course at 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training school in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, and received their official pilot wings.
August 8, 2019

A large group of people, one wearing an orange flightsuit and the rest in olive green, with some in black leather jackets, gather beside a small yellow twin-engine ai\rcraft.

Honorary Colonels in Canada’s Air Force

“What is an honorary colonel?” “How do you become one?” “What is the job description?” These are just a few of the questions that instantly popped into my head.
August 6, 2019

A woman wearing a military disruptive pattern uniform sits beside a chocolate-coloured Labrador dog. She has her right arm wrapped around the animal.

How a service dog can change your life

Here’s how a two-year-old Texan named Dodger changed the life of a Canadian Armed Forces member.
August 1, 2019

A woman wearing a disruptive pattern uniform lies in a white and grey tube with a large clear window beside her head. A pair of boots stands on the floor beside the tube.

Waking up with a fresh perspective

Personnel working long shifts at 22 Wing North Bay, Ontario, now have a place to relax, stretch and nap during those shifts thanks to recently installed sleep pods.
July 31, 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

Date modified: