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 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

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

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

An engraved granite memorial with a crumpled piece of metal resting on the ground on one side, and a remembrance wreath resting on a stand on the other side.

Delta 673’s lost airmen commemorated

Eighty years after they mysteriously vanished, the aircrew of Northrop Delta 673 were commemorated and a granite monument unveiled in their honour on September 14, 2019, deep in the New Brunswick woods.
October 31, 2019

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