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 head and shoulders photo of a bare-headed man wearing a military jacket and tie with wings sewn above the left pocket.

D-Day Profile of Courage: Flying Officer Leonard Ralph Allman

Leonard Allman, originally of Toronto, joined the RCAF in 1939. On D-Day, he was flying a Typhoon when he volunteered to escort a damaged Typhoon back to base. The damaged Typhoon made it back safely, but Flying Officer Allman was not so fortunate.
May 23, 2019

A montage of seven vintage photos of the faces of men wearing military uniforms.

Canadian airmen killed on D-Day

Of the 24 RCAF airmen who were killed during the first day of Operation Overlord—the invasion of Normandy— eight were serving with RCAF squadrons. The remainder were serving with Royal Air Force squadrons and units. Who were these heroes? Find out more . . .  
May 21, 2019

Several men wearing flying uniforms and life vests in front of a large aircraft.

Canadians and the legendary Dambusters Raid

On the night of May 16/17, 1943, Canadians were among the audacious Lancaster bomber crews who struck dams on the Ruhr river valley, heartland of the German industrial complex. They have gone down in history as “The Dambusters”.
May 17, 2019

On the left, a black and white head-and-shoulders photograph of a man wearing a white uniform with dark epaulets; on the right, a sepia-toned profile photo of a man wearing a dark flight suit and a white helmet with a communications package.

Majors Wally Sweetman and Bob Henderson: “Shining examples of strength and courage”

443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron members mark the 25th anniversary of a crash that claimed the lives of two of their own.
May 15, 2019

Several Second World War fighter aircraft rest on the tarmac with a man signalling to the pilot of one of the aircraft.

D-Day: The RCAF and Second Tactical Air Force

A number of RCAF squadrons flew with the Royal Air Force’s 2nd Tactical Air Force in the weeks leading up to D-Day. They did such a good job establishing air superiority over the landing area that many pilots were disappointed by the lack of Luftwaffe targets on June 6, 1944, the day of the invasion.
May 14, 2019

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