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

Royal Review for Freedom Parade

His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent reviews the parade personnel

26 June 2014

Yesterday saw thousands of people gathered in Wallingford for a Royal parade of RAF Benson personnel

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Final Flypast For 78 Squadron

The Merlin taking part in the flypast

14 June 2014

78 Squadron are honoured to lead the Queen's Birthday Flypast for the final time today...

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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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