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Your Air Force’s heritage.

The Royal Canadian Air Force was born 100 years ago to protect and preserve the freedoms of all Canadians, to contribute to global peace and security, and to help those in need in Canada and abroad.

Your Air Force has a long and distinguished history with many proud traditions that merit recognition by all Canadians. Generations of Your Air Force have served with distinction over the past century. Together, we honour our rich history formed by those who served before us and for many who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

Learn about the RCAF’s history and heritage


Your Air Force today.

The RCAF is an agile, integrated and inclusive national instrument of power. The beating heart of Your Air Force is people – a diverse workforce that includes Regular and Reserve Force members and civilians that form the Defence Team who work seamlessly together to accomplish our mission. Our people are the foundation on which we will build our path to the future.

The RCAF provides air defence, maritime patrol, search and rescue, air mobility and sustainment, aerospace control, and space capabilities to support operations at home and abroad. Your Air Force is a respected military partner worldwide, providing security at home through NORAD and working with our NATO allies and partners to maintain peace and stability across the globe.

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Your Air Force tomorrow.

Your future RCAF has an exciting outlook, with a critical role in the space domain, a wide range of modernization projects, including a new fleet of fighter jets coming soon. Space is a critical part of the global security environment. The RCAF is functionally leading all efforts within DND/CAF to ensure the continued delivery of space-based services and to enhance the resilience of the space capabilities upon which the military relies to conduct operations.

Through a diverse and highly motivated workforce, new technologies and innovation, state-of-the-art equipment and capabilities, we are ready to enter the next century of service and continue to serve Canada with distinction.

Read more about the Royal Canadian Air Force strategy going forward to 2035. Learn more about the RCAF’s role in space and innovation.