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

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D-Day Profile of Courage: Leading Aircraftwoman Eugénie “Frankie” Turner

Leading Aircraftwoman Eugénie “Frankie” Turner was principally responsible for two RCAF squadrons (408 and 426), each squadron having 15 bombers. During D-Day, she worked 24 hours straight to keep the squadrons’ operations up-to-the-minute on developing events.
June 6, 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

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