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.

Five men in military uniforms talk while standing around a table covered with a sheet of glass, under which are documents.

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

A man wearing a military uniform stands on a platform and salutes.

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

A man wearing a ball cap and a disruptive pattern uniform (desert) with the sleeves rolled up and a flag and crest on them, stands with his arms crossed amid lush groundcover and trees near a low building.

Adapting to new surroundings and a unique role on Operation Artemis

An RCAF officer recounts his experiences serving with Operation Artemis, Canada’s contribution to the multinational force promoting maritime security in the Gulfs of Oman and Aden, the Red Sea, and the Indian Ocean. 
May 28, 2019

Six men run a race in lanes on an indoor track while people watch from the stands.

RCAF member races in WMA Championships in Poland

The RCAF’s Major Serge Faucher travelled to Poland recently for his final turn in the 45-49 age group in World Masters Athletics.
May 24, 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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