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

RAF Engineer On Top Of The World

Medal winning Shayne Hadland

17 August 2015

SAC(T) Shayne Hadland, an RAF aircraft engineer, is on top of the world after a stunning medal-winning performance while representing the UK at the WorldSkills competition in Brazil.

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MP praises RAF technician

SAC Hadland meets MP John Howell

28 July 2015

MP John Howell visited Puma engineer SAC (T) Shayne Hadland to congratulate him on his selection to represent the UK at the WorldSkills competition in Brazil next month

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