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 smiling woman wearing an olive-green flight suit and holding a ball and sports shoes.

Captain Paige Campbell, RCAF Female Athlete of the Year, goes far taking part in CAF sports

Captain Paige Campbell, an Air Combat Systems Officer with 442 Squadron, at 19 Wing Comox, was nominated RCAF Female Athlete of the Year.
January 15, 2021

A smiling man wearing a dark blue t-shirt and camouflage pants works on a helicopter.

Master Corporal Gabriel Auclair, RCAF Male Athlete of the Year, shows that there is more to weightlifting than physical strength

Master Corporal Gabriel Auclair, a 406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron Aviation Technician based at 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia, was nominated RCAF Male Athlete of the Year.
January 13, 2021

A man wearing a combat uniform stands in front of a wall with vertical blue and red stripes, the Canadian Armed Forces’ engineers’ crest and the word “CHIMO”.

Master Warrant Officer Edward Hebb appointed as member of the Order of Military Merit

Governor General Julie Payette recently appointed Master Warrant Officer Edward Hebb as member of the Order of Military Merit for his dedicated service since his enrollment in 1998.
January 11, 2021

A man wearing black shorts and a black bib showing number 372 runs on an indoor track.

Chief Warrant Officer Claude Faucher, 2020 Male Masters Athlete of the Year

Chief Warrant Officer Faucher, from 17 Wing Winnipeg, was recently named the 2020 Masters Athlete of the Year by Athletics Manitoba for his outstanding performance.
January 8, 2021

A photo of a man wearing a dark blue military uniform and glasses. Behind him is an American flag.

United States Air Force member based in Canada recognized for dedication

Lieutenant-Colonel Nathan Willis, of the United States Air Force, was honoured for his work as a member of Canadian NORAD Region headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on November 20, 2020.
January 5, 2021

Thirty uniformed men gather for a photograph in a low-ceilinged room.

Battle of Britain Sunday

RCAF aircrew and groundcrew contributed to the Allied victory in the Battle of Britain. Here are some of those heroes of a victory that would be carried as a talisman in the hearts of every Allied combatant in the Second World War.
September 15, 2017

A black and white photo of three men in military uniforms.

No. 242 “Canadian” Squadron revisited

No. 242 had been formed in October 1939 as an all-Canadian unit within the Royal Air Force (RAF). The idea was largely one of optics—it made for good press in Canada to have such a unit operating before a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) presence could be established. Only about 40 per cent of the ground crews were Canadian, but all of the pilots (with one exception) were Canadians who had enrolled directly in the RAF before the war.
September 12, 2017

A Hurricane is re-armed while a section flies overhead. From the photo album of Flying Officer R.W.G. Norris, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who served with No. 1 Squadron during the Battle of Britain.

The unsung heroes of the Battle of Britain: The groundcrew of No. 1 (RCAF) Squadron

The groundcrew and support staff who allowed the fighter pilots to do their job of destroying the enemy were the unsung heroes of the Battle of Britain.
September 11, 2017

Two pilots race to their awaiting Hurricanes.

Among Canada’s “Few”: The RCAF’s No. 1 Squadron in the Battle of Britain

The Royal Canadian Air Force’s No. 1 Squadron’s contribution to the Battle of Britain represents the first time our nation sent an expeditionary air force into battle in a coalition environment.
September 11, 2017

Nine white and red fighter aircraft trail white smoke over the downtown core of a city as they fly past a very tall tower and over a rail yard.

The RCAF in Toronto: A story in photos

A collection of photographs highlights the shared history of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the city of Toronto.
August 31, 2017

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