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.

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

Two men in blue uniforms and two older men wearing dark blazers hung with medals stand in a row in front of display banners featuring aircraft, badges and people in uniform.

Air Force Day on Parliament Hill celebrates RCAF members, past and present

Air Force Day on Parliament Hill 2019 honoured RCAF members, past and present, and marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
July 3, 2019

Four people dressed in Air Force uniforms salute, as snow falls. They are surrounded by a crowd of people.

Wing Commander William Barker remembered

On November 11, 2019, the RCAF participated in a Remembrance Day ceremony at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, where Wing Commander William Barker, VC, is interred. Here are remarks from Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, commander of the RCAF.
November 22, 2019

A red aircraft in flight.

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

A man and a woman sit side by side

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

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