Welcome to RAF Benson

Merlin & Puma
Benson Group Captain Nigel Colman OBE MA RAF, RAF Benson Station Commander

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

Puma and Merlin Support Largest Military Exercise

The Puma and Merlin Forces take part in Exercise Joint Warrior 2014

07 April 2014

The RAF's Puma 2, Merlin and Chinook Helicopter Forces have joined 16 Air Assault Brigade to participate in the largest annual military exercise in Europe.

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London Welsh Give Rugby Team Professional Training

London Welsh train RAF Benson RFC

25 March 2014

The RAF Benson RFC were put through their paces by professionals from London Welsh yesterday

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News from the Station

Merlin & Puma

The latest news 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

Merlin & Puma

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

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