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.

In a dirt field, two firefighters in full gear drag a flowing hose from a fire engine toward smoking pieces of metal.

Our people: Lieutenant Jenson Gilby

RCAF Lieutenant Jenson Gilby makes a natural career choice in moving from Platoon Chief of the 12 Wing Fire Department to Construction Engineering Officer.
March 20, 2020

A man wearing an olive green flight suit sits in the cockpit of a helicopter.

Our people: Captain David He

“I feel privileged to be a part of this community at such a rare and exciting time,” says 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron pilot Captain David He.
March 18, 2020

In a large, high-ceilinged hangar and maintenance facility, a woman wearing a disruptive pattern uniform with a flag patch on her shoulder sits at a desk with computers and screens.

Our people: Master Corporal Vicky Fortin

“Being a good leader is so important to me,” says 12 Wing Financial Services Administrator Master Corporal Vicky Fortin; she is mentoring a Private in her section, and wants to be the best example she can be.
March 13, 2020

A woman wearing a disruptive pattern uniform, and gloves and a cap, works on the rotor mechanism of a helicopter.

Our people: Corporal Caylen Dorrington

As an Aviation Systems Technician at 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia, Corporal Caylen Dorrington enjoys her work, and shares that enjoyment as she passes her skills on to new techs learning the trade.
March 11, 2020

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

We have come a long way

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the great accomplishments of women today, but also those of women who paved the way for the generations that followed them.
March 6, 2020

A man wearing a military uniform.

Former Air Force commander passes away

Lieutenant-General Don McNaughton, who had a long and distinguished career in Canada’s Air Force, passed away on June 26, 2019. He commanded Air Command from 1985 to 1986.
July 10, 2019

Reporters holding cameras and microphones lean towards an elderly couple who are both sitting in wheelchairs. The man wears a beret and a blazer with several military medals on it.

Veteran celebrates 100th birthday and receives French Legion of Honour

A Royal Canadian Air Force veteran living in Winnipeg received France’s Legion of Honour, the nation’s highest decoration for merit, two days before his 100th birthday.
July 4, 2019

A woman

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

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