Welcome to RAF Benson

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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

New Fun Facility For Families

Getting some air on the new quarter pipe

20 August 2014

Yesterday saw the opening of a brand new fun facility for families at RAF Benson when the RAF Benevolent Fund Controller formally cut the ribbon on a new children’s play park and skate park.

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Wakestock Wonders

Corporals Ross and Richard Phillips

15 July 2014

Twin RAF brothers Ross and Rich Phillips joined professional wakeboarders from around the world at the weekend...

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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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