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 group of people, seen from behind, sit in chairs in a large indoor space, listening to a man wearing a blue uniform.

Royal Air Force marks 100th anniversary by inspiring Canadian youth

As part of the Royal Air Force’s 100th anniversary celebrations in Canada, students and cadets are participating in RAF100 events at Vintage Wings of Canada.
June 8, 2018

A person wearing orange clothing tends to a girl with simulated injuries.

Chinthex 2018

435 Transport and Rescue Squadron holds annual SAR exercise.
June 7, 2018

Two men in green flying uniforms hold a certificate in a folder between them.

RCAF trainees encouraged to make the most of their time between courses

Waiting periods between various phases of RCAF training is inevitable—but trainees are encouraged to make the most of those gaps for both personal and professional development.
June 4, 2018

A man, woman and child look at items laid out on a table covered in a tartan tablecloth

Lost Canadian Banshee pilot remembered in Ottawa

More than 60 years ago, Lieutenant Barry Troy disappeared when his Banshee fighter jet crashed off the coast of Florida. On April 27, 2018, members of the Troy family gathered with personnel from the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Navy to pay tribute to his memory.
June 1, 2018

Three women in volleyball sports clothing stand on a volleyball court

Chang sisters representing Canada at international volleyball competition

Three sisters – two from the RCAF and one from the RCN – are representing Canada at an international military volleyball championship being held in Edmonton, Alberta.
June 1, 2018

Three hockey teams stand in a close group outdoors with spectators around them.

The RCAF Flyers stunned the world by winning Olympic gold

Seventy years ago today, a hastily assembled team of hockey players from the Royal Canadian Air Force stunned the world by winning the Olympic gold medal at St. Moritz, Switzerland.
February 8, 2018

A vintage photo of a person standing beside the fuselage of a large biplane that has its engine mounted on the top wing, with other aircraft and large buildings in the background.

Shearwater: the birthplace of maritime aviation in Canada

The second-oldest military airfield in Canada, the Shearwater air station at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, has been home to Canada’s naval or RCAF maritime air squadrons since its inception in 1918.
February 7, 2018

A news clipping with the headline “Carty family has enviable war record”, showing head-and-shoulders photos of five men.

Regulation? What regulation?

During the early years of the Second World War, Black-Canadians were, for the most part, barred from joining the Royal Canadian Air Force. But it’s clear that some recruiting officers deliberately ignored the regulation.
February 2, 2018

People in green or disruptive pattern uniforms stand on tarmac so as to spell out “75”. Behind are two helicopters, 13 people holding a blue and white flag, and a blue and white gyrfalcon’s head badge.

430 Squadron celebrates 75 years

430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron celebrated its 75th anniversary on January 1, 2018.
January 18, 2018

A man in a dinner jacket stands at a podium and speaks into a microphone bearing a model of a passenger aircraft. Behind him is a painting of soldiers on a hilltop during a battle.

From the Avro Arrow to the Gimli Glider

The Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering hosted guests who related the recovery of Avro Arrow models from Lake Ontario, and the landing of the “Gimli Glider” at a former RCAF airfield in Manitoba.
January 8, 2018

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