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.

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Season’s Greetings 2019 from 2 Canadian Air Division

The commander and chief warrant officer of 2 Canadian Air Division sent holiday greetings to 2 CAD personnel in December 2019. Here is their message.
December 18, 2019

Two people, one kneeling and one standing, are on a snowy tarmac with a fighter jet behind them. Both wear military uniforms and “Santa” hats.

Canadian NORAD Region announces Santa’s 2019 escort teams and trackers

RCAF pilots, maintainers and trackers are ready for Santa Claus’ flight through Canadian airspace on December 24, 2019.
December 17, 2019

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Holiday greetings from 1 Canadian Air Division / Canadian NORAD Region

The commander and chief warrant officer of 1 Canadian Air Division / Canadian NORAD Region sent holiday greetings to 1 CAD personnel in December 2019. Here is their message.
December 17, 2019

A man wearing an RCAF uniform holds a flag as he stands in a cemetery.

RCAF personnel participate in commemoration of Italian Campaign

Sergeant Terry Gibbins from 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay, Ontario, was part of contingent of more than 180 Canadian Armed Forces members who participated in commemoration ceremonies to remember the 96,000 Canadians who served in the Italian Campaign of the Second World War.
December 13, 2019

A line of people wearing RCMP or military uniforms or civilian clothing, and Santa Claus, stand in a row in front of a large aircraft.

RCAF helps RCMP deliver toys to northern kids

On December 6, 2019, the RCAF again assisted the RCMP in their annual “Toys for the North” campaign to deliver toys to children in some of Canada’s most remote northerly locations.
December 12, 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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