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 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

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

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

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