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 man in a military uniform stands behind a podium, speaking. People in military uniforms, some holding band instruments, stand behind him.

Wing Commander Barker continues to inspire today’s RCAF leaders

The Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Studies was renamed in honour of Wing Commander William Barker, VC on April 12, 2018. The school’s commandant reflects on Wing Commander Barker’s enduring legacy and the strong parallels between the First World War Ace and the modern RCAF school that is now named after him.
April 25, 2018

Four men in sports clothes stand in line with their arms around each other’s shoulders; two hold a baton.

RCAF runners bring home silver, new Canadian record

RCAF brothers Serge and Claude Faucher achieved excellent results at the recent Canadian Masters Indoor Championships.
April 19, 2018

A group of people in military combat uniforms stand on a tarmac outdoors with aircraft behind them.

Royal Air Force celebrates 100th anniversary

As the Royal Air Force celebrates 100 years of service to the UK, the Royal Canadian Air Force revisits its long and interwoven history of training, war-fighting, and mutual respect with the RAF.
April 18, 2018

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RCAF school renamed in honour of Wing Commander William Barker, VC

The Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Studies was renamed in honour of Wing Commander William Barker, VC on April 12, 2018.
April 17, 2018

Fourteen young people wearing olive green flight suits and holding helmets gather on and in front of the port wing of a small dark blue aircraft.

NATO Flying Training in Canada Program makes history

NATO Flying Training in Canada Program graduates its largest-ever class.
April 16, 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

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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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