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

Six men wearing military uniforms and life jackets walk toward the camera, away from a large twin-propeller aircraft.

D-Day: The RCAF and Coastal Command

Five RCAF squadrons assigned to the RAF’s Coastal command earned the battle honour ‘Normandy’ on D-day, June 6, 1944.
May 29, 2019

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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

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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

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