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.

Under a clear blue sky, a very large group of children and a few adults gather in front of a large yellow helicopter sitting in a field, with trees in the background.

Show-and-tell show stopper: 14 Wing helicopter crew pays visit to school kids

A helicopter from 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, set down on the soccer field of Kings County Academy in Kentville on June 12, 2019, as a year-end treat for 600 excited students who lined the field awaiting its arrival.
June 24, 2019

A smiling woman wearing a military flight suit half-kneels on a runway. There is a military helicopter behind her.

Second Canadian Army woman receives her tactical aviation door gunner badge

Master Corporal Brigitte O’Driscoll, a reservist with 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron and the Royal Montreal Regiment, received her tactical aviation door gunner badgeon May 10, 2019, making her only the second woman in the Canadian Army to receive the badge.
June 20, 2019

A woman uses a tabletop sewing machine to stitch together pieces of cloth. A quilt is hanging on the wall behind her; on the table are several plastic containers holding cloth.

Quilts’ stitching details care, support for service personnel

The national Quilts of Valour program pairs Canadian Armed Forces veterans with handmade quilts from groups throughout Canada.
June 17, 2019

Four people wearing military uniforms pull and push a small raft with backpacks on top of it through thigh-deep water

RCAF personnel on the winners’ podium in France

An RCAF team took third place in an international military skills competition held in France in June 2019.
June 14, 2019

Twenty people wearing disruptive pattern uniforms (desert) stand on gravel in two rows in bright sunshine in front of a mural.

4 Wing contributes to fight against Daesh

4 Wing Cold Lake continues to contribute to Op Impact with engineering, imagery, maintenance, logistics, transport, administration, intelligence, communications, and command and control skills and competencies.
June 11, 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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