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

Chief of the Defence Staff LGBTQ2 Message

"On behalf of the Canadian Armed Forces, I am deeply sorry to all of you who were ever investigated, charged or released from the military because of your sexual orientation. You showed us honour and dedication, and we showed you the door. No apology or compensation can ever change the shameful way we instilled fear into your lives and took away your career."
November 28, 2017

Prime Minister delivers apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today delivered a formal apology in the House of Commons to individuals harmed by federal legislation, policies and practices that led to the oppression of and discrimination against LGBTQ2 people in Canada. He apologized specifically for the historical unjust treatment of LGBTQ2 federal public servants, including those in the Canadian Armed Forces and the RCMP, and of LGBTQ2 Indigenous Peoples.
November 28, 2017

A photo montage. Left: A man and woman in similar blue uniforms talk. Right, a gold badge, with a red bison on green grass, is topped with a crown. The badge reads “Fortunae nihil”, “429 Squadron” and Escadron 429.

75 years of conquering the skies

429 Transport Squadron celebrates its 75th birthday.
November 22, 2017

A man and a woman shake hands in front of a plaque upon which are words and the Second World War-era badge of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

RCAF and RAF Americans inducted into Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame

Several men from Colorado joined the RCAF or RAF in the years before the U.S.A. entered the Second World War. Ten of them were inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame in October 2017.
November 20, 2017

Wreaths of poppies lie on gray steps in front of a memorial.

“We will remember them”

On November 11, 2017, the Royal Canadian Air Force held its annual Remembrance Day ceremony in front of the Mausoleum in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, where Lieutenant-Colonel William Barker, VC, is interred. Major-General Blaise Frawley, deputy commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force presided over the ceremony. Here are his remarks from the solemn commemoration of our war dead.
November 17, 2017

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