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 photo of two men holding a certificate, one wearing a green flight suit and the other a military camouflage uniform, and a woman dressed in civilian clothes.

RCAF Lieutenant-Colonel John Roper receives U.S. Legion of Merit

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 20, 1942, has awarded the Legion of Merit (Degree of Legionnaire) to Colonel John A. Roper, Royal Canadian Air Force.
January 17, 2020

Head-and-shoulders photos of two women and one man wearing disruptive pattern uniforms; below these are photos of their respective shoulder patches.

First USAF members complete Sentinel Program

Three United States Air Force sergeants recently became the first USAF members to complete the Canadian Armed Forces Sentinel Program.
January 13, 2020

A man and a woman wearing flight suits stand in front of a fighter aircraft in a hangar.

Canada’s newest astronauts complete basic training

Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronauts Lieutenant-Colonel Joshua Kutryk and Dr Jenni Sidey-Gibbons celebrated the end of their basic training, along with their NASA classmates, during a ceremony on January 10, 2020, at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
January 10, 2020

A grey-haired woman leads women in a race on an outdoor track.

Track and Field for Masters Athletes

This is the first in a series of articles that will cover all aspects of Masters athletes’ training and nutrition for track and field events.
January 9, 2020

Three aircraft fly in formation in a blue sky under a bright sun above the cloud cover.

Canada’s Air Task Force completes mission in Romania

Since 2014, Operation Reassurance has been key to demonstrating Canada’s commitment to our NATO allies.
January 6, 2020

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

Two gravestones, side by side, each with an RCAF badge engraved near the top.

Market Garden Profile of Courage: Flying Officer Otto Hjalmar Antoft

Otto Hjalmar Antoft’s path took him from Denmark to Nova Scotia to the skies over Arnhem during Operation Market Garden. He died when the Short Stirling aircraft on which he was a crew member was shot down during the struggle to secure “a bridge too far”.
August 29, 2019

Five men wearing military uniforms stand in front of an aircraft.

401 Squadron provides air cover during Dieppe raid

The RCAF’s 401 Squadron was one of nine Canadian squadrons that took part in Operation Jubilee—the raid on Dieppe, France—on August 19, 1942.
August 19, 2019

A vintage head-and-shoulders photograph of a young man wearing a military uniform, including tunic, tie and peaked hat. There are wings on the tunic near the lapel.

Dieppe profile of courage: John Edwin Gardiner

Pilot Officer John Gardiner was born in Saskatchewan on July 8, 1919. He and his wingman died during Operation Jubilee when their Spitfires collided in the sky while being attacked by a German fighter. They are buried side by side in France.
August 16, 2019

Vintage photo of a young man wearing a military uniform, including “wedge” cap, tunic and tie.

Dieppe profile of courage: Stirling David Banks

Stirling David Banks was born on April 7, 1923, in Popular Grove, Prince Edward Island. His life would end 19 short years later, lost when his Hurricane aircraft went down during Operation Jubilee, the disastrous raid on Dieppe.
August 14, 2019

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