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.

In a dirt field, two firefighters in full gear drag a flowing hose from a fire engine toward smoking pieces of metal.

Our people: Lieutenant Jenson Gilby

RCAF Lieutenant Jenson Gilby makes a natural career choice in moving from Platoon Chief of the 12 Wing Fire Department to Construction Engineering Officer.
March 20, 2020

A man wearing an olive green flight suit sits in the cockpit of a helicopter.

Our people: Captain David He

“I feel privileged to be a part of this community at such a rare and exciting time,” says 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron pilot Captain David He.
March 18, 2020

In a large, high-ceilinged hangar and maintenance facility, a woman wearing a disruptive pattern uniform with a flag patch on her shoulder sits at a desk with computers and screens.

Our people: Master Corporal Vicky Fortin

“Being a good leader is so important to me,” says 12 Wing Financial Services Administrator Master Corporal Vicky Fortin; she is mentoring a Private in her section, and wants to be the best example she can be.
March 13, 2020

A woman wearing a disruptive pattern uniform, and gloves and a cap, works on the rotor mechanism of a helicopter.

Our people: Corporal Caylen Dorrington

As an Aviation Systems Technician at 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia, Corporal Caylen Dorrington enjoys her work, and shares that enjoyment as she passes her skills on to new techs learning the trade.
March 11, 2020

A black-and-white photo of six uniformed women standing in a row with their arms around each other’s waists, looking up.

We have come a long way

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the great accomplishments of women today, but also those of women who paved the way for the generations that followed them.
March 6, 2020

Several men wearing flying uniforms and life vests in front of a large aircraft.

Canadians and the legendary Dambusters Raid

On the night of May 16/17, 1943, Canadians were among the audacious Lancaster bomber crews who struck dams on the Ruhr river valley, heartland of the German industrial complex. They have gone down in history as “The Dambusters”.
May 17, 2019

On the left, a black and white head-and-shoulders photograph of a man wearing a white uniform with dark epaulets; on the right, a sepia-toned profile photo of a man wearing a dark flight suit and a white helmet with a communications package.

Majors Wally Sweetman and Bob Henderson: “Shining examples of strength and courage”

443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron members mark the 25th anniversary of a crash that claimed the lives of two of their own.
May 15, 2019

Several Second World War fighter aircraft rest on the tarmac with a man signalling to the pilot of one of the aircraft.

D-Day: The RCAF and Second Tactical Air Force

A number of RCAF squadrons flew with the Royal Air Force’s 2nd Tactical Air Force in the weeks leading up to D-Day. They did such a good job establishing air superiority over the landing area that many pilots were disappointed by the lack of Luftwaffe targets on June 6, 1944, the day of the invasion.
May 14, 2019

A black and white photo of propeller fighter aircraft on a field with a church spire in the background.

D-Day and air power

Air power was critical in the weeks leading up to D-Day, the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. The Allies required total air supremacy­­­­, including the ability to provide close air support to the invaders and to disrupt enemy communications and transport.
May 7, 2019

A painting of a large white aircraft with an engine on fire flying above a submarine.

The RCAF and the Battle of the Atlantic

The Battle of the Atlantic was the largest and longest campaign of the Second World War. The Royal Canadian Air Force was a key partner in winning the battle.
May 5, 2019

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