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Arctic Training Lion's Roar Magazine

Arctic Training

At the start of the year Puma Mk2 aircraft from RAF Benson took part in a yearly arctic exercise run by the Royal Marines to train UK military personnel how to survive, and fight, in the arctic winter. Exercise CLOCKWORK […]

Pumas in the Sand Lion's Roar Magazine

Pumas in the Sand

Over 140 personnel, mostly from RAF Benson, deployed to the Middle East for nine weeks Exercise SHAMAL BLADE. The three Puma HC Mk2 aircraft along with all required engineering supplies for the Exercise were delivered by 3 C-17 transport aircraft […]

The Important of Brie Lion's Roar Magazine

The Importance of BRIE

For those of us who have an association with military helicopters, Wing Commander Reginald Alfred Charles Brie played an important part in introducing them into military service. Wing Commander Reggie Brie was the man who pioneered rotary-winged aircraft deck landings in the […]

Mid-Air Meeting for Captains Lions Roar Magazine

Mid-Air Meeting for Captains

Hot on the heels of his 100th cap as Captain of the New Zealand All Blacks and a convincing 34-16 win over Wales, Richie McCaw took to the skies with RAF Spitfires Rugby 7s player Flt Lt Steve Mills in […]

Telemarking for the RAF Lions Roar Magazine

Telemarking for the RAF

Following up on last year’s successful foray into the world of competitive Telemark skiing, Flt Lt Clare Thomas leads a strong contingent from RAF Benson to the 2015 Inter-Services and the RAF Ski Championships. Never before has one mountain seen […]

Volunteering with the Gentle Giants Lions Roar Magazine

Volunteering with the Gentle Giants

Elephants World “Where we Work for the Elephants, and the Elephants Not for us” A holiday with a difference. Sgt Muzzlewhite from Air Traffic Control at RAF Benson chose to the spend four weeks of her Christmas holiday volunteering at […]

Station Sports Stars Honoured by Heroes Lions Roar Magazine

Station Sports Stars Honoured by Heroes

RAF Benson was honoured to host three heroic competitors from the Invictus Games, who presented the Station’s sports stars with awards in a special ceremony in the Officers’ Mess. Paul Vice MC, Craig Gadd and Andy Grant, who were all […]

Minister Visits Puma 2 Lions Roar Magazine

Minister Visits Puma 2

In October the Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology paid a visit to RAF Benson to view the progress of the Puma 2 upgrade programme. Philip Dunne MP, the Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, visited the Station […]

Puma HC Mk2 The RWOETU Story... Lions Roar Magazine

Puma HC Mk2 The RWOETU Story…

As part of its commitment to Joint Helicopter Command, RAF Benson hosts the Rotary Wing Operational and Evaluation Training Unit (RWOETU) as a lodger unit on the base. A Tri-service  specialist unit split over two bases, RWOETU is dedicated to […]

Air Ambulance Receives Knock Out Donation Lons Roar Magazine

Air Ambulance Receives Knock Out Donation

After an extremely successful charity boxing tournament held in the Puma Force hangar in 2014, Sergeant Dave Hughes and Warrant Officer Eamon Geraghty were honoured to hand over a cheque for £2,000 to the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance. […]

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