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 the Puma Force and, from October 2015, will be home to the Support Helicopter Operational Conversion Unit. 846 Naval Air Squadron, who operate the Merlin helicopter as part of the Commando Helicopter Force, also reside at RAF Benson, as do a number of other lodger units including No 6 Air Experience Flight, the Oxford University Air Squadron, the Thames Valley Air Ambulance and the National Police Air Service (South East).

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

Best of Benson Commended

Award recipients

03 October 2015

RAF Benson hosted its annual awards ceremony this week to recognise the outstanding achievements of its personnel.

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Mayor Presents Medals and Commendations

The Mayor and Station Commander

23 September 2015

Former RAF officer and current Mayor of Wallingford, Councillor Lynda Atkins, presented medals and commendations to RAF Benson personnel today in a special ceremony in the Officers’ Mess.

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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


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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