Welcome to RAF Benson

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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

Formal Inspection and Awards

Honours and awards were presented during the Annual Formal Inspection

22 November 2014

The Air Officer Commanding No 2 Group conducted his annual formal inspection and presented honours and awards this week

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Road Safety Week Begins

The Station Commander and Station Warrant Officer join Dino the dinosaur to launch Road Safety Week

17 November 2014

RAF Benson is supporting the national Road Safety Week campaign run by the charity Brake, with events taking place across the Station and in the local community throughout the week.

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News from the Station

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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


Information on facilities available to Service personnel and dependants.

Flying At RAF Benson

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

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