Welcome to RAF Benson

Puma HC Mk2 and Chinook HC Mk4
Benson Group Captain Hamish Cormack

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 throughout the world since the Station opened in 1939, RAF Benson is currently home to the Puma Force and 28 Squadron, the Support Helicopter Operational Conversion Unit, 606 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force and the Joint Helicopter Support Squadron. A number of lodger units are also based here including the Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility, providing synthetic training to helicopter crews, and the Rotary Wing Operational Evaluation and Training Unit and Support Helicopter Standards and Evaluation team, responsible for delivering tactical training to crews. Other lodger units also operate from the airfield 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

Air Traffic Controller Retires After 38 Years

WO Davies

28 November 2016

Warrant Officer Thomas Davies celebrated his retirement after an extensive 38 year service career

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Benson Sporting Superstars Announced

Sports Personality Awards

25 November 2016

The winners of the coveted RAF Benson Sports Personality of the Year Awards have been announced.

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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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