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 men wearing military uniforms crouch on top of or stand in front of a single-propeller fighter aircraft, looking at a letter that two of the men are holding between them.

Swiftly and surely on D-Day: 430 Squadron and the Normandy invasion

430 Squadron flew 30 sorties on D-Day.
June 5, 2019

A black and white photo of a man wearing a military uniform, including a life jacket, standing in front of a propeller driven fighter aircraft.

D-Day: The RCAF and Air Defence of Great Britain

To prepare for the invasion of Europe, the RAF’s Fighter Command was divided between 2nd Tactical Air Force and the Air Defence of Great Britain (ADGB). Two of the fighter squadrons in the new ADGB were RCAF squadrons, and their aircrew took to the skies on D-Day.
June 4, 2019

A photograph of an older man wearing a dark blazer, white shirt and striped tie standing next to a younger man wearing an olive green flight suit.

Second World War veteran revisits the Halifax bomber

More than 70 years after Flight Lieutenant (retired) Stuart Vallières flew in Halifax heavy bombers during the Second World War, he again entered the “belly of the beast” during a visit to the Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton, Ontario.
June 3, 2019

Captain William A. Bishop

Billy Bishop – Canada’s first Air Force Victoria Cross recipient

June 2 is celebrated as “Billy Bishop Day” in honour of the famous First World War ace.
May 31, 2019

Six men wearing military uniforms and life jackets walk toward the camera, away from a large twin-propeller aircraft.

D-Day: The RCAF and Coastal Command

Five RCAF squadrons assigned to the RAF’s Coastal command earned the battle honour ‘Normandy’ on D-day, June 6, 1944.
May 29, 2019

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