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 woman and a man, both wearing blue military uniforms with medals, shake hands and smile.

Governor General honours remarkable Canadians

Four current and one retired members of the Royal Canadian Air Force were among those honoured by Governor General and Commander-in-Chief Julie Payette during a June 13, 2019, ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario.
July 18, 2019

Three men, wearing military uniforms and holding pens, sit behind a tartan covered table. In front of each is a large document.

19 Wing welcomes new honorary colonel

19 Wing Comox welcomed Robert Quartermain as the wing’s new honorary colonel on July 4, 2019.
July 16, 2019

A montage of two women in aircraft cockpits, flying the aircraft.

Northern Lights Aero Foundation announces 2019 award winners

Two RCAF women are among the 2019 winners of the Northern Lights Aero Foundation “Elsie” awards, which honour Canadian women who have made outstanding contributions to aviation and aerospace.
July 16, 2019

A large group of men and women wearing a variety of military uniforms sit or stand in three rows, with old stone and brick turreted buildings beside and behind them, and a harbour and hills in the distant background,

Governor General invests recipients into the Order of Military Merit

The Governor General presented Honours to Canadian Armed Forces recipients at la Citadelle de Québec on July 3, 2019.
July 12, 2019

A large group of people, some in military uniforms, gathers around a rainbow-coloured sign. Behind them, six people in blue military uniforms stand on a flatbed trailer and hold musical instruments.

Canadian Armed Forces personnel show their Pride in Winnipeg

Some 60 local Canadian Armed Forces personnel participated in Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Pride Parade on June 2, 2019.
July 5, 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

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