Welcome to RAF Benson

Merlin & Puma
Benson Group Captain Simon Paterson

Welcome to RAF Benson


RAF Benson is a front line support helicopter base working within the Joint Helicopter Command. Located in South Oxfordshire, we have many facilities for Service Personnel and dependants alike.

Committed to operations and supporting operations throughout the world since the Station opened in 1939, RAF Benson is currently home to two thirds of the RAF's support helicopter force. Whilst geographically a small Station compared to many others, RAF Benson continues to be one of the busiest Stations in the RAF, with personnel deploying regularly in support of current operations.

Please click on the relevant links to learn all you need to know about life at this busy front line Station.

Latest News

Minister Announces Future Deployment

A Puma 2 in flight in the UK

12 December 2014

The Secretary of State for the Armed Forces has announced the future deployment of the Puma 2

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Mid-Air Meeting for Captains

Richie McCaw catches up on the latest RAF Spitfires Rugby 7s news

25 November 2014

Hot on the heels of his 100th cap as Captain of the New Zealand All Blacks and a convincing 34-16 win over Wales, Richie McCaw took to the skies with RAF Spitfires Rugby 7s player Flight Lieutenant Steve Mills in an RAF Puma 2 yesterday

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News from the Station

Merlin & Puma

News articles from the Station.

About RAF Benson

A view of the Merlin cockpit in night vision

Who is based here and what we do.

Station Facilities

Hive

Information on facilities available to Service personnel and dependants.

Flying At RAF Benson

Merlin & Puma

Our flying programme, information on night flying, and how to make a flying complaint.

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