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.

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

Officer Cadet Frédérique Santerre

Representing Canada at historic regatta in England

Henley-on-Thames, England — Officer Cadet Frédérique Santerre of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., pauses during early morning practice as part of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) rowing crew during the Henley Royal Regatta at Henley-on-Thames, England, this July.
July 1, 2019

Second Lieutenant Liam Cooke

Second Lieutenant Liam Cooke Representing Canada at historic regatta in England

Henley-on-Thames, England — Second Lieutenant Liam Cooke works on his technique as part of the Canadian Armed Forces rowing crew during the Henley Royal Regatta at Henley-on-Thames, England, this July.
July 1, 2019

Three people wearing military flight suits and holding pens sit behind a table covered in a tartan cloth, with large documents in front of them.

444 Squadron welcomes Honorary Colonel Sarah Leo

On National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21, 2019, the Royal Canadian Air Force welcomed Sarah Leo to the RCAF family when she was invested as the new honorary colonel of 444 Combat Support Squadron, located at 5 Wing Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.
June 25, 2019

Three people wearing military flight suits and holding pens sit behind a table covered in a tartan cloth, with large documents in front of them.

12 Wing welcomes Honorary Colonel Phil Otto

Colonel Sid Connor, commander of 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia, welcomed the wing’s new honorary colonel, Phil Otto, during a ceremony at the Shearwater Aviation Museum on June 24, 2019. Honorary Colonel Otto replaces Honorary Colonel Tom Birchall, who held the position for the previous six years.
June 25, 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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