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.

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RCAF welcomes ten newly-winged pilots

On July 26. 2019, ten Royal Canadian Air Force pilots successfully completed the third phase of their pilot course at 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training school in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, and received their official pilot wings.
August 8, 2019

A large group of people, one wearing an orange flightsuit and the rest in olive green, with some in black leather jackets, gather beside a small yellow twin-engine ai\rcraft.

Honorary Colonels in Canada’s Air Force

“What is an honorary colonel?” “How do you become one?” “What is the job description?” These are just a few of the questions that instantly popped into my head.
August 6, 2019

A woman wearing a military disruptive pattern uniform sits beside a chocolate-coloured Labrador dog. She has her right arm wrapped around the animal.

How a service dog can change your life

Here’s how a two-year-old Texan named Dodger changed the life of a Canadian Armed Forces member.
August 1, 2019

A woman wearing a disruptive pattern uniform lies in a white and grey tube with a large clear window beside her head. A pair of boots stands on the floor beside the tube.

Waking up with a fresh perspective

Personnel working long shifts at 22 Wing North Bay, Ontario, now have a place to relax, stretch and nap during those shifts thanks to recently installed sleep pods.
July 31, 2019

A montage of a photo of a man wearing a military uniform beside a graphic with an RCAF roundel and the words “Quality of Life—Quality of Service” and “Qualité de vie—Qualité de service”.

The race to retain and increase experience levels in the RCAF

With the global aviation industry expanding rapidly, the RCAF faces a shortage of experienced personnel. Therefore, initiatives have been launched to ensure the continuing health of the RCAF and our ability to achieve mission success.
July 30, 2019

An older man, wearing a flying helmet, sits in the cockpit of a small aircraft that has its canopy open.

Aviation community says goodbye to Fern Villeneuve

The founder of the RCAF’s legendary “Golden Hawks” aerobatic team died December 25, 2019, at the age of 92.
January 10, 2020

Two men wearing Second World War era air force uniforms, stand in front of a large aircraft.

Remembering aviation legend Russell Bannock

Canada’s second highest scoring Second World War ace, and a legend in Canadian civil aviation, Russ Bannock, died on January 4, 2020, at the age of 100.
January 10, 2020

A man wearing an air force uniform stands beside an older man leaning on a metal walker and wearing a blazer and air force tartan tie. Both have several medals on their jackets.

December 1944: An “Alouette” Christmas story

On Christmas Eve, 1944, Flight Sergeant Jean Cauchy and his crew, flying a Halifax bomber back from a raid in Germany were in trouble—they’d lost an engine and there was still a bomb in their bomb bay that they hadn’t been able to drop.
December 23, 2019

A vintage photo of Santa Claus seated in the cockpit of a helicopter, waving through the open side window.

Holiday traditions in the Royal Canadian Air Force

Royal Canadian Air Force treasures and maintains a number of special traditions associated with the holiday period – ranging from Christmas dinners to “sticky floors” to New Year’s levees.
December 20, 2019

A man wearing flying gear stands on the wing of an aircraft, leaning against the fuselage.

100th birthday of Thomas W. Dowbiggin

December 3, 2019, marks the 100th birthday of  Squadron Leader (retired) Thomas W. Dowbiggin, who served as a Second World War Spitfire pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 401 Squadron.
December 3, 2019

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