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The Mayor of Wallingford Takes Flight

Written By: Rebecca Hunt On 15th August 2017, RAF Benson welcomed the Mayor of Wallingford, Michael Kidley and his wife, the Lady Mayoress Christine to the Station for a familiarisation visit. A visit arranged for every new Mayor, the afternoon […]


Operation RUMAN is our contribution to the international humanitarian relief operation taking place in the British Virgin Islands following the devastation of Hurricane Irma. The first week of September saw the Caribbean facing the full force of a Category 5 […]

Exercise Arctic Express

Written By and Pictures From: MAcr Dex Mann RWOETU & SH StanEval Definition of Adventure Training: “Challenging outdoor training for Service personnel in specified adventurous activities, involving controlled exposure to risk, in order to develop leadership, teamwork, physical fitness, moral and physical courage, among […]

Exercise Autumn Kite 16

On 26th September 2016, 28 personnel from 606 (Chiltern) Sqn, deployed on EXERCISE Autumn Kite to the sprawling metropolis that is Mount Pleasant Airfield (MPA). The aim, to complete Annual Continuous Training in the form of core work opportunities during […]

2017 NATO Tactics Meet

Following a period of uncertainty, the 2017 NATO ‘Tactics’ Meet was given the green light, giving the Mighty 230 Squadron the go ahead to embark on their valiant endeavour. With great gusto, OC 230 Sqn, Wg Cdr Toby Sawbridge, gave […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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