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Royal Canadian Air Force
Active 1 April 1924–present
Country  Canada
Allegiance Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada
Type Air Force
Role "To generate and maintain combat capable, multi-purpose, air forces to meet Canada's defence objectives."
Size Regular Force personnel: 14,500
Reserve Force: 2,600
Civilians: 2,500
Part of Canadian Armed Forces
Headquarters National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa
Motto "Sic Itur ad Astra"
"Such is the Pathway to the Stars"
March RCAF March Past
Battles/wars Second World War
Korean War
Gulf War 1990–91
Bosnia Herzegovina 1995
Kosovo 1999
Afghanistan War 2001 – 2011
Libya - Operation Mobile 2011
Chief of the Defence Staff General Thomas J. Lawson OMM, CD
Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin
Ensign Air Force Ensign of Canada.svg
Roundel Roundel of Canada.svg Roundel of Canada – Low Visibility.svg
Fin flash Air Command Fin Flash Air Command Fin Flash
Aircraft flown
Fighter CF-18 Hornet
Patrol CP-140 Aurora, CP-140A Arcturus
Reconnaissance CU-170 Heron
Trainer CT-114 Tutor, CT-142 Dash-8, CT-155 Hawk, CT-156 Harvard II
Transport CC-115 Buffalo, CC-130 Hercules, CC-130J Super Hercules, CC-138 Twin Otter, CC-144 Challenger, CC-150 Polaris, CC-177 Globemaster III
A plane of the air force

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), formerly Air Command (AIRCOM), is the air force of Canada and is often called the Canadian Air Force. It is part of the Canadian Forces. Canada also has an army and a navy.

The air force operates all aircraft of the Canadian Forces, including the helicopters of the army and the navy. The air force is made of fighter jets, cargo planes and helicopters.

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