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 montage of four images, portraying RCAF personnel and family members, with an RCAF roundel and the words “Quality of Life—Quality of Service” and “Qualité de la vie—Qualité du service” superimposed on the centre of the montage.

Initiatives launched to retain and increase RCAF personnel experience levels

In June 2019, programs were launched to ensure the continuing health of the RCAF and our ability to achieve mission success. These initiatives are vital in the face of an unprecedented level of global competition for the skills of pilots, technicians, highly trained aviation specialists, and support personnel.
June 10, 2019

A graphic with the words “Quality of Life—Quality of Service” and “Qualité de vie—Qualité de service” on either side of an RCAF roundel.

Quality of Life—Quality of Service initiatives

In June 2019, programs were launched to ensure the continuing health of the RCAF and our ability to achieve mission success. This fact sheet outlines these initiatives.
June 10, 2019

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RCAF commander visits 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

The RCAF command team visited 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron on May 8, 2019, to present a special badge to members of the unit.
June 6, 2019

Three medals on blue and gold ribbons, all of them comprising blue crosses with red-bordered circles in the centre and topped with crowns, are displayed on a chart inscribed with people’s ranks and names.

Governor General invests 42 into the Order of Military Merit

Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada Julie Payette presided over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony on May 27, 2019, at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario, bestowing the honour on two Commanders, eight Officers and 32 Members. Among them were several members of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
June 4, 2019

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One new commander—three changes of command

Major-General Alain Pelletier assumed command of 1 Canadian Air Division, Canadian NORAD Region, and the Joint Force Air Component from Major-General Christian Drouin at a parade and ceremony held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on May 16, 2019.
May 31, 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

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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

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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

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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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