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 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

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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

A montage of a photo of a man wearing a military uniform beside a graphic with an RCAF roundel and the words “Quality of Life—Quality of Service” and “Qualité de vie—Qualité de service”.

The race to retain and increase experience levels in the RCAF

With the global aviation industry expanding rapidly, the RCAF faces a shortage of experienced personnel. Therefore, initiatives have been launched to ensure the continuing health of the RCAF and our ability to achieve mission success.
July 30, 2019

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22 Wing/CFB North Bay raises first PRIDE flag

22 Wing personnel participate in first PRIDE flag-raising ceremony.
July 30, 2019

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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

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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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