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RCAF Colour Retirement at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto

RCAF Colour Retirement at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto

RCAF Colour Retirement at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto
February 10, 2018

SAREX 2017

SAREX 2017

SAREX 2017 video. Bravo Zulu!
December 20, 2017

CF18 Demonstration Team Crest

2016 CF18 Demonstration Team

Video of the 2016 CF18 Demonstration Team
March 17, 2017

RCAF Operations

Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Operations

Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Operations
April 23, 2015

RCAF Operations in the North

RCAF Operations in the North

The North is going through important changes. Navigation, tourism and the exploitation of new resources will certainly increase with the melting of the ice cover in the North.
August 11, 2014

LGen Blondin's speech for the Afghanistan National Day of Honour

RCAF Commander’s video message on the occasion of the National Day of Honour of 9 May

“For twelve years, Canadians served with honour in the Afghanistan theatre of operations. On this National Day of Honour, it is important for us to remember.”
May 9, 2014

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Air Expeditionary Capability

Air Expeditionary Capability 30 second version
April 25, 2014

Major Jeremy Hansen

Major Jeremy Hansen

I’m Major Jeremy Hansen, a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force and an astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency.
March 24, 2014

2016 CF-18 Demonstration Team Video


(Camera pans along a large stretch of pavement on a bright sunny day.)

(CF-18 Demonstration Team crest appears)

(Captain Ryan Kean (the 2016 CF-18 Demonstration Pilot) and four male technicians are facing away from the camera and are walking in a line towards the 2016 CF-18 Demonstration Jet. Captain Kean is wearing a flight suit; the technicians are wearing blue t-shirts, with the CF-18 Demonstration Team crest on the back, and black shorts. All of them are wearing sunglasses.)

(Cut to in front of the group as they continue walking.)

(The technicians conduct checks on the 2016 Demonstration Jet, both inside and outside of the cockpit, as the camera moves around the side of the jet.)

(Cut to Captain Kean climbing into the Demonstration Jet using the built in ladder.)

(Once Captain Kean is seated in the cockpit, a technician folds the ladder away, into the wing of the jet.)

(Captain Kean straps into the jet while the technicians continue their check on the aircraft.)

(Camera circles the jet while Captain Kean starts up the jet while communicating with the technicians via hand signals.)

(The technicians, who are now in a line, salute Captain Kean, who returns the salute.)

(Captain Kean closes the canopy of the jet as the camera zooms in on him.)

(Cut to inside the cockpit showing Captain Kean’s face as he begins his takeoff roll with a cloudy sky in the background.)

(Captain Kean executes multiple aerobatic manoeuvers, an airfield can be seen below.)

(Cut to show the Canadian Forces Snowbirds flying in formation over farmland and a river.)

(The CF-18 Demonstration Jet appears in the distance behind the Snowbirds.)

(Camera zooms in on the CF-18 Demonstration Jet.)

(Cut to CF Snowbirds and CF-18 Demonstration Jet flying in formation over an airfield. There is smoke coming out of the tail of the Snowbird aircraft.)

(Zoom in on the CF-18 Demonstration Jet.)

(Cut to inside the CF-18 Demonstration Jet cockpit)

(Cut to the Snowbird and CF-18 Demonstration Jet formation, now flying over a city.)

(Cut to inside the CF-18 Demonstration Jet cockpit.)

(Captain Kean raises the tinted visor on his helmet and stares into the camera before lowering his visor.)

(Captain Kean flies over an airfield with a setting sun in the background)

(Captain Kean executes multiple aerobatic manoeuvers close to the ground. An airfield can be seen below.)

(Captain Kean lands as lightning can be seen in the distance behind him.)

(Fade to credits.)

Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Operations



RCAF Operations




Produced by Royal Canadian Air Force Public Affairs © 2015

Air Expeditionary Capability


Music in background

Shot list


Canadian flag waving in the wind

Control tower at an airfield in Ottawa, Canada

Text displayed in video:

New Era, New Capability / Nouvelle ère, nouvelle capacité

A CH-47 Chinook helicopter flying followed by a CH-146 Griffon Helicopter in Ottawa, Canada

Close-up on the side of the Chinook where a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) technician is seen inside

A C-17 Globemaster aircraft touching down in the arctic

Snowmobiles one behind the other pulling qamutiks sleds around an iceberg in the arctic

Paratroopers with static lines jumping off the back of an aircraft

Text displayed in video:

Flexible…/ Souple…

Dozens of paratroopers under round parachutes floating towards the ground

Soldiers deplaning a Globemaster at night

A military vehicle being guided out from an aircraft at night

Military vehicles driving down the streets in the Philippines

Propellers on a CP-140 Aurora starting up as CAF member on the ground communicates hand signals to the pilot

Aerial shot of a neighborhood flooded with water

Text displayed in video:

Tailored to needs… / Adaptée aux besoins

“Pathway closed” sign lying in the waters of a flooded area

Griffon helicopter in flight

Close ups on the pilots of the Griffon helicopter in flight

Military members helping rescued citizens out of the Griffon helicopter

Citizens and military members working together to transfer sand bags from a truck to a building barrier

Citizens and military members forming a chain to transfer sand bags down a line to a building barrier

A Search and Rescue Griffon helicopter in flight (air to air) over Jamaica

Text displayed in video:

Ready to Respond … Prête à agir …

Search and Rescue members guiding citizens off of a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter

A CF-18 Hornet (fighter jet) taking off a runway

Hornet pilot looking around while in flight

Aerial shot of Libya from the Hornet

Close-up on computer buttons

Close-up on a techs face fixed upon a computer screen

Low aerial shot of a CAF destroyer ship

A CH-124 Sea King in flight transporting a bundle attached to the bottom

Text displayed in video:

In Canada or abroad / Au Canada ou à l’étranger

A Sea King depositing on bundle onto a CAF ship

Aerial shot showing material destruction following a natural disaster in the Philippines

CAF members working with the Philippine military to load freshly delivered supplies (including food and water) onto a truck for distribution

CAF medical members examining a baby with his mother by his side in Haiti

CAF medical member examining a young child in Haiti

Philippine citizens waving goodbye to a helicopter taking off

CAF members holding a sign written “Proudly delivered by Royal Canadian Air Force” in the back of an aircraft in France


RCAF Operations in the North



The North is going through important changes.

Navigation, tourism and the exploitation of new resources will certainly increase with the melting of the ice cover in the North. ….

As climate change will increase the level of activity in the northern regions of Canada, it is foreseen that this will result in more security challenges in the area.

An easier access to the North could translate into more illegal activities such as clandestine immigration, smuggling and the increased presence of pollutants.

Ships improperly engineered and built for less demanding weather conditions could possibly harm the fragile ecosystem… and the increase in the number of commercial flights over the Canadian North could also elevate the risk of major air accidents in the region.


Canada’s Air Force has been operating in the harsh and challenging Arctic environment since its creation in 1924.

The Royal Canadian Air Force surveyed and mapped Canada’s territory and in this way greatly improving our knowledge of the North and our ability to navigate within this challenging environment.

During the Cold War, Canada’s air defences were expanded to address the rising threat of nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.


Working in the North has become more important throughout the years. Climate change and the increased level of activity in the North mean that for us in the Royal Canadian Air Force, we have to be in the North. We talk a lot about expeditionary operations but these operations for the Royal Canadian Air Force begin in Canada…and when we talk about Canada, it includes the North.


We have to ensure that we are able to operate in the Northern regions. We have to ensure that every thing we do when we develop our expeditionary capability focuses first on providing Canada and the North the security shield it needs.


Canada’s Air Force is improving its capabilities in the North in order to meet the challenges associated with climate change and increased activity in the North.

With its newest fleets of aircraft… the C-17s, the J-model Hercules, and the F-model Chinook…the RCAF has the multipurpose aircraft it needs to operate in all regions of Canada…including the vast Canadian North.

During the coming years, the RCAF will continue to refine its ability to operate effectively in the North…. taking advantage of the benefits of new advanced technologies… and fully integrating rotary and fixed wing fleets into the Arctic mission.


The Royal Canadian Air Force is committed to supporting the Government, to work with military partners, with civilian partners, with government partners to ensure that the North is going to be strong and secure.

Major Jeremy Hansen


I’m Major Jeremy Hansen, a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force and an astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency. Today I want to share with you a few of the opportunities Canada has presented me with. One of them is getting involved in aviation.

In order to prepare for a mission in space, you need a lot of different skill sets. Of course you need to be familiar with the systems of the International Space Station, the rocket that’s going to take you there and bring you back. Of course we learn as astronauts to operate Canadarm and Dextre, the other Canadian robot on board the International Space Station.

There’s spacewalk training which is very demanding and very exciting training to do but on top of all that you need self-confidence, leadership skills. Air cadets taught me some of the benefits of hard work and the rewards of that hard work. When I look back upon my life I realize some of the skill sets that the air cadet program was giving me were really taken by the Air Force and they were bolstered.

That is what led me to being a successful fighter pilot and what the military really did for me was challenge me. It was constantly asking me to push myself harder than I was comfortable. Those challenges really were fulfilled in the cockpit of a CF-18 fighter jet. Those challenges eventually prepared me for the rigours of space travel, ultimately leading me to the Canadian Space Agency where I’ve been training for the last four years preparing for a mission in space.

The Canadian Space Agency and Canadians – we have a laboratory in space, the International Space Station. In fact we witnessed just this year another Canadian who represented both the Canadian Space Agency and the Royal Canadian Air Force in space and that was astronaut Chris Hadfield.

We’re going to continue that legacy, sending astronauts to the International Space Station for the benefit of humanity, to do science and to learn how to live and work in space.

It’s a very unique experience for me to be working with Vintage Wings of Canada because we share a common goal with the Canadian Forces and the Canadian Space Agency. That goal is inspiring youth.

What better way to inspire youth than telling them some of the historic tales of the men and women of the Royal Canadian Air Force, the aircraft that they flew, the missions they went on and when you really dig down underneath the layers of those stories, there’s a lot of Canadian modesty but when you really dig down there’s a tremendous amount of Canadian heroism.

That is really important to tell our Canadian youth today. That is what founded, that is what built Canada. Part of this partnership of Vintage Wings of Canada for me means I get to fly this historic airplane, the F-86 Sabre. It really is a magnificent airplane. It’s got a great Canadian history behind it.

It was an excellent airplane and if you speak to anyone who flew a number of airplanes in their career and this was one of them, I guarantee you they will tell you this was their favourite airplane and I can see why. Sixty years later it just flies magnificently.

It’s a real pleasure, a real dream come true for me to fly it and to strap into an airplane, which is one seat, and take it flying for the first time was a great challenge for me and a tremendous reward. I felt like I lived Canadian history. When I look back at Canada I realize that we are continuing that tradition of excellence, a tradition that we represent here at Vintage Wings, carries forward and the Canadian Space Agency and the Canadian Forces, people doing the right things for the right reasons.

It’s very inspiring for me knowing that Canada is playing a leadership role for this planet. I’m excited about the perspective that our military soldiers have, the perspective that I will gain leaving the surface of this planet and going into space, looking back upon our earth. That’s an important perspective. It makes me very proud of Canadians in general.

RCAF Commander’s video message on the occasion of the National Day of Honour of 9 May


“For twelve years, Canadians served with honour in the Afghanistan theatre of operations. On this National Day of Honour, it is important for us to remember.

We remember our brothers and sisters in arms who paid with their lives. We remember those who were wounded and those who will carry scars for the rest of their lives. We will hold them in our memories forever and honour them.

There were tremendous challenges in Afghanistan. But the members of the Royal Canadian Air Force were always ready to respond and never let any obstacle stand in their way. I am tremendously proud of our airmen and airwomen and their role in the success of the mission.

It was an extraordinary experience – one that made us an even more integrated air force, ready to respond to the missions of today and the future.

And much of the success during this challenging mission is a result of the unconditional support provided by their families and all Canadians. Believe me when I say that this unwavering support truly made a world of difference to our members and their service.

I join all Canadians in expressing my gratitude to all those who served in the Afghanistan mission.

Thank you…”

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