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 wearing a military flight suit stands in front of an aircraft.

RCAF announces pilot for 2020 CF-18 Demonstration Team

Captain Dan Deluce will be the 2020 Demo Hornet pilot. The CF-18 Demonstration Team is looking forward to thrilling audiences across Canada this summer and demonstrating the RCAF’s capabilities to Canadians.
December 10, 2019

Eleven people, ten in civilian dress and one wearing an olive green uniform, flank a large vertical poster bearing images of a lighthouse badge; a lighthouse on a cliff; a red, blue and gold badge; and text in English and French.

Building a bridge over troubled waters: The Sentinel Program in practice

“Not too long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, I came to a dark and lonely place.” A Canadian Armed Forces member talks about mental health, suicide prevention and the Sentinel Program.
December 9, 2019

Five people wearing Canadian disruptive pattern combat uniforms stand in a row.

Canadian air battle managers train with the “Doghouse”

Students and instructors from 51 Aerospace Control and Warning (Operational Training) Squadron in North Bay enhanced their training as air battle managers at Tyndall Air Force Base in fall 2019.
December 5, 2019

Five men in running gear round a corner on a track.

RCAF runner fares well at world-level championships

World Masters Athlete Major Serge Faucher competed recently at the North, Central America and Caribbean Region of WMA Championships, coming home with a personal bronze and a team silver.
November 28, 2019

A weightlifter wearing black shorts and t-shirt, and a vest reading “CAN”, holds a bar with three weight plates on each end above his head.

Shearwater technician shows his strength

12 Wing Shearwater’s Master Corporal Gabriel Auclair earned the number one spot at the 2019 World Masters Olympic Weightlifting Championships.
November 26, 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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