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RAF Benson’s Puma Force Marks 20,000 Hours With Puma 2

October 2017 saw the Puma Force celebrating a significant milestone as they reached an astounding 20,000 hours of in-service flying with the Puma Mk2 helicopter. The extensively upgraded helicopter declared Initial Operating Capability in February 2015 and just over three […]

RAF Benson Pay Tribute During Garden Of Remembrance Opening

On 30 October 17, The RAF Benson Garden of Remembrance was officially opened by the Station Commander, Group Captain Hamish Cormack. Photos By: RAF Benson personnel taken by the RAF Benson Photographic Section. Members from the Military Provost Guard Service […]

Trail Walker 2017

Written and Pictures By: Ian Harding and Andy Lyes For the past several years teams and personnel from RAF Benson have taken part in the Trailwalker event. Held annually in aid of The Gurkha Welfare Trust and Oxfam, it’s a […]

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 […]

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