The Canadian Cadet Organizations help develop skills that will help youth transition into adulthood, from good citizenship, leadership, and a focus on physical fitness, Cadets have experiences that you don’t find anywhere else. Air Cadets focus on aviation related activities including flying, gliding and studies in aerospace.
The RCAF has partnered with Youth Science Canada to help fuel the curiosity of Canadian youth by providing a variety of opportunities to get involved in exciting, and imaginative, inquiry and project-based STEM.
Ingenium represents a collaborative space where the past meets the future in a celebration of creativity, discovery, and human ingenuity. Under the Ingenium brand, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum is an incredible resource that provides sensory experiences that immerse young and old alike in the countless ways science and technology connect with Canadians’ everyday lives.
Explore some of the science and technology activities that they offer in your own home with these fun hands-on activities and science experiments.
Build your own aircraft!
Let your imagination soar! Choose your favourite… or make them all!
Canadian Forces Base Borden is considered the ‘birthplace’ of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Opening as an air training school in 1917, seven years before the formation of the RCAF, Borden has operated continuously through war, peace, depression, war, and again peace, as a training centre for Canada’s Air Force. Although no “birth certificate” points to Borden (or to any other place for that matter), as the birthplace of the RCAF, Camp Borden is truly the only place that can claim such title.
The birth of the RCAF was not an overnight event. It was achieved through a transition period that went on from the creation of the Air Board in 1919, the Canadian Air Force in 1920, and a major reorganization that culminated in 1924 with the proclamation of a new “Royal” Canadian Air Force. Soon after the royal assent was given by King George V, the new RCAF adopted the sky blue uniforms and insignias patterned after those in the Royal Air Force.
On the day of the official birth of the RCAF, Camp Borden was by far the most important station in terms of assets, personnel, and flying activities. With its 24 Officers and 125 Other Ranks, Camp Borden was home to more than half of the personnel of the RCAF. Camp Borden was also the only station involved in year-round military training activities.
The fastest aircraft that the RCAF has ever had in-service is the CF-188 Hornet.
The CF-188 Hornet, commonly called the CF-18, is a multi-role fighter aircraft. It is used for air defence, air superiority, ground attack, tactical support, training, aerobatic demonstration, and aerospace testing and evaluation.
Not everyone in the Royal Canadian Air Force is a pilot!
There are many other RCAF roles that are incredibly important and contribute to the overall operational readiness of our Canadian Armed Forces.
The RCAF is a part of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces. It defends and protects Canadian and North American airspace in partnership with the United States. With more than 100 different occupations, the RCAF provides amazing career opportunities and personal growth.