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 man wearing orange coveralls and a green helmet with a communications package and a beacon sits in the cargo area of an aircraft in flight over heavily forested land.

435 Squadron member awarded SAR Tech of the Year

Search and rescue technician Sergeant Brandon Schetterer, from 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron, has been named “SAR Tech of the Year" by the Para Rescue Association of Canada.
November 14, 2019

A woman wearing a military flight suit with headphones over her ears sits behind the pilot and co-pilot in the cockpit of a large aircraft.

436 Transport Squadron welcomes new honorary colonel

In November 2019, Cathie Puckering, CEO of the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, was invested as the honorary colonel of 436 Transport Squadron in Trenton, Ontario.
November 13, 2019

In the foreground, a person wearing a camouflage pattern uniform raises a Canadian flag, while a man wearing an RCAF dress uniform salutes and additional personnel in the background salute.

Shearwater technician and Aboriginal advisor retires after 39 year career

Sergeant Tony Parsons retired in October 2019 in Shearwater, N.S., after a 39-year career with the Navy and RCAF. During his time in uniform, he learned of his Aboriginal heritage and became a dedicated member of the local Defence Aboriginal Advisory Group.
November 6, 2019

A smiling woman wearing a military flight suit bent on one knee on a runway. There is a military helicopter behind her.

Canadian Army Reserve’s second female door gunner welcomes the challenge

Sergeant Brigitte O’Driscoll, an Army reservist with the Royal Montreal Regiment, has attained the distinction of becoming the second female door gunner in Canadian Army history.
October 28, 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

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

A group of men in various uniforms stand in front of a single propeller aircraft.

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

A head and shoulders photo of a man wearing a military tunic with tie. Near his left lapel are wings and several military medal ribbons.

Last Canadian Battle of Britain pilot “slips the surly bonds of earth”

John Stewart Hart, the last surviving Canadian Battle of Britain pilot, died in June 2019 at the age of 102.
September 9, 2019

In a black and white photograph, six uniformed men stand in a line and face the camera.

Check Six! The Battle of Britain in hindsight

More than 100 Canadians are deemed to have participated in the Battle of Britain, and 23 lost their lives. A Royal Canadian Air Force squadron fought during the Battle; No. 1 (RCAF) Squadron, whose pilots were from both a regular force unit and an auxiliary unit, became operational on August 17, 1940.
September 6, 2019

Seven men in military uniforms stand in a row with their hands behind their backs in front a large propeller-driven aircraft.

Market Garden Profile of Courage: Flight Lieutenant Peter William Bickford

Flight Lieutenant Peter Bickford died on the first night of Operation Market Garden, the struggle to secure “a bridge too far”. But not from enemy action—his Lancaster bomber collided with another Lancaster and the crews of both aircraft perished.
August 30, 2019

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