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.

Captain Sarah Dallaire

From a Cessna 172 with Dad to a Snowbird CT-114 Tutor

Growing up, Capt Sarah Dallaire’s parents were passionate about aviation as a hobby, it was only fitting that she become a pilot herself. Currently Snowbird 2 with 431 Squadron, she hopes to inspire young women as the first woman Snowbird pilot, Maryse Carmichael, inspired her.
May 15, 2018

Two military members.

"People, Policy, Program and Posture" will be the RCAF’s anchor points

“People, Policy, Program and Posture” will be the anchor points of the Royal Canadian Air Force, according to the new RCAF commander, Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger.
May 11, 2018

Three men in military uniforms sit behind a tartan-covered table, with documents resting on the table.

New commander for RCAF

On May 4, 2018, command of the Royal Canadian Air Force passed from Lieutenant-General Mike Hood to Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger
May 4, 2018

With flags in the background, two men wearing blue uniforms with medals sit at a tartan-covered table signing documents.

17 Wing Winnipeg welcomes new Honorary Colonel Murray

Stuart Murray joins the 17 Wing Winnipeg, Manitoba, family as Honorary Colonel in a March 21, 2018, ceremony.
May 3, 2018

Women wearing swim caps in a laned swimming pool

RCAF officer, medical student recognized as Academic All Canadian

Captain Stephanie Dennis, a member of the RCAF from Comox, British Columbia, and a Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, medical student, has been recognized as an Academic All Canadian by U Sports, leader of university sports in Canada.
May 1, 2018

Leading Aircraftman Stan Rivers (on the wing) and Leading Aircraftman Ken Allenby of 402 “Bear” Squadron, paint D-Day markings on an Allied aircraft.

Operation Overlord: D-Day Remembered

Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons had already been involved for several months in bombing key enemy targets in the invasion area. Now, RCAF squadrons were among 171 Allied squadrons that attacked on D-Day—June 6, 1944.
June 6, 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

Side-by-side photos of a man. On the left, in black and white, he is young, wearing a flight suit and helmet; on the right, in colour, he is older, wearing an open-necked civilian shirt.

Colonel Ralph Hamilton Annis, January 11, 1931 – May 14, 2018

Colonel Ralph Annis will be laid to rest on Saturday, June 2, 2018.
May 28, 2018

Hundreds of uniformed people arrange themselves on tarmac to form the words “LOGGIE-FIVE-0”

Retired supply technician has huge effect on Logistics Branch 50th anniversary

Some 350 Canadian Armed Forces logisticians gather for a photo to mark the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Forces Logistics Branch.
May 25, 2018

A black-and-white photograph of a young man wearing an air force uniform and staring intently at the camera, superimposed on a colour photograph of a blue sky with light clouds.

How “Screwball” Beurling got his nickname

Flight Sergeant George Beurling soared to fame in the skies over Second World War Malta, and chafed at life on the ground.
May 18, 2018

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