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.

People wearing military uniforms form a circle to participate in a smudging ceremony

14 Wing’s command team gathers to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day

Master Seaman Scott Carson used his Defence Aboriginal Advisory Group’s eagle feather to waft a smudge’s scented smoke to the eyes, ears, mouths, hands and body of people attending a ceremony marking National Indigenous Peoples Day at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia.
June 26, 2020

A man wearing an olive-green flight suit stands in front of an orange propeller aircraft.

Our people: Major Steve Thompson, Air Detachment (North) commander for Operation Laser

Major Steve Thompson says his 12 years of experience working in the north is important in his role as the Air Task Force’s Air Detachment (North) commander for Operation Laser, the Canadian Armed Forces’ response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
May 13, 2020

A smiling woman wearing a disruptive pattern uniform stands in front of a jet fighter.

Our people: Major Jane Yoon, Air Task Force A4 for Operation Laser

Instead of finalizing the logistics of her much-anticipated wedding, Major Jane Yoon answered the call of duty as Air Task Force A4 for Operation Laser, the CAF’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
May 12, 2020

A circular silver metal badge with a globe, a laurel wreath and maple leaf.

New CAF Space Specialist Skill Badge

Canadian Armed Forces personnel who have achieved a combination of formal space qualifications and experience are now eligible to proudly wear the Space Specialist Skill Badge.
May 11, 2020

A smiling man in a olive green flight suit holding a pilot’s helmet stands in front of a grey helicopter.

Our people: Major Matthew Dukowski heads up Air Detachment (Atlantic) for Operation Laser

“When things get bad, people look to us,” says Major Matthew Dukowski, Air Detachment (Atlantic) Commander for Operation Laser, the Canadian Armed Forces’ response to the novel coronavirus global pandemic.
April 23, 2020

An old black and white photograph of a man in military uniform standing in front of a bi-plane.

“They damn nearly did it for me”: The story of William Barker, VC

First World War pilot William Barker is Canada’s most decorated war hero. He was terribly wounded in combat with the enemy and was awarded the Victoria Cross. But he said he would throw his decorations in the fire if he could be fit and healthy again.
October 26, 2018

Three men.

Battle of Britain veteran marks 100th birthday

Flying Officer (retired) Ralph Wild was an instrument repair technician during the Battle of Britain. On September 27, 2018, he turned 100 and among those who sent him birthday wishes was the commander of the RCAF.
October 3, 2018

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Lost Canadian Banshee pilot remembered at U.S. naval base

A ceremony honouring the memory of Lieutenant Barry Troy, a Banshee fighter pilot who disappeared off the coast of Florida 60 years ago, was held in Mayport, Florida on February 26, 2018. Following the ceremony, newly discovered artifacts from the crash were transferred to the RCAF.
March 1, 2018

An old biplane flies above a frozen lake.

RCAF's pathway to the stars began with the Silver Dart

The first successful powered, heavier-than-air, controlled airplane flight in Canada took place at Baddeck, Nova Scotia, on February 23, 1909, when the Silver Dart took to the air, piloted by J.A.D. McCurdy.
February 22, 2018

Head and shoulders photo of a man.

Artifacts belonging to Lieutenant Barry Troy returning to Canada

On February 26, 2018, artifacts belonging to the late Lieutenant Barry Troy, a fighter pilot with the Royal Canadian Navy, who disappeared off the coast of Florida in 1958, will be returned to representatives of the Canadian Department of National Defence. 
February 21, 2018

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