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.

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

Military insignia

RCAF assures Canada’s sovereignty in the North

From July 22 to 31, 2019, a 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia-based CP-140 Aurora tactical crew and its ground support technicians played a vital role in Operation Limpid, maintaining Canada’s physical presence throughout the North.
September 6, 2019

Eight people wearing disruptive pattern military uniforms stand in a row in front of a small aircraft inside a hangar.

RCAF technicians to compete in Toronto

Eight RCAF aircraft structures technicians from the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering will be in Toronto on the 2019 Labour Day weekend to compete in a regional Aircraft Structures Skills competition.
August 28, 2019

Under a blue sky, a young man wearing a dark blue flight suit and cap stands on the wing of a fighter aircraft with a decoratively painted tail and gives a thumbs-up.

Salmon Arm cadet has experiences of a lifetime

Cadet Warrant Officer First Class Nicholas Lourens, from Salmon Arm, British Columbia, is spending the summer of 2019 learning to fly.
August 22, 2019

Two people wearing olive green flight suits and helmets push a yellow and orange buoy off the ramp of a cargo aircraft flying over ice and snow.

Dropping meteorological buoys in the Arctic

In July 2019, 413 Search and Rescue Squadron successfully completed the 2019 Arctic Buoy Drop to augment the meteorological network already in place in the Arctic.
August 16, 2019

Military personnel playing bagpipes.

The RCAF Tartan: How it all began

In 1942, the RCAF tartan and the first RCAF Pipe Band came into being side by side under the guidance of Group Captain Elmer G. Fullerton at No. 9 Service Flying Training School at Summerside, Prince Edward Island.
April 5, 2019

An older man wearing a suit holds a model of a very old airplane constructed mainly of wire and wooden struts.

J.A.D. McCurdy: the father of Canadian military aviation

As the RCAF celebrates its 95th anniversary, we look back at the father of Canadian military aviation, J.A.D. McCurdy, designer and pilot of the Silver Dart.
March 29, 2019

A woman wearing a military uniform and peaked hat sits behind a desk.

Willa Walker blazed the trail for RCAF airwomen

A natural-born leader, Willa Walker was responsible for setting up training depots all over Canada and for the overall discipline and efficiency of the RCAF Women’s Division. Her enthusiasm and determination convinced many young women to follow in her footsteps.
March 7, 2019

A black-and-white photo of six uniformed women standing in a row with their arms around each other’s waists, looking up.

We’ve come a long way

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate not only the great accomplishments of women today, but also those of women who paved the way for the generations that have followed them.
March 6, 2019

A black and white photo of a man in the cockpit of an aircraft.

What I learned in church about aviation

Author John Chalmers reflects on what he learned about aviation in church and the research he undertook that lead him to discover interesting books and history facts.
February 28, 2019

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