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RAF Benson is located in south-east Oxfordshire, and is currently home to 28 Squadron (Chinook & Puma helicopters), 33 Squadron (Puma helicopters), 230 Squadron (Puma helicopters) and also No 6 Air Experience Flight, the Oxford University Air Squadron (Grob Tutor).

The National Police Air Service and the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance are also based here as lodger units, and both operate a Eurocopter EC135.

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Plane Finder tracks mainly civilian flights but does also include some military aircraft such as the Tutor, Tucano, Hawk, Voyager, BAe 146, Squirrel HT1, and Sentinel R1 etc which can be seen over the UK. ADS-B Exchange (Click on Global Radar View) tracks many other military aircraft such as Tornado, Typhoon, F-15, Hercules etc over the UK.

Scanner Frequencies

RAF Benson Scanner Frequencies:
Approach - 136.450, 376.650
Radar - 120.900, 356.125, 277.675, 283.075
Tower - 127.150, 318.100
Ground - 279.150
ATIS - 282.525


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Aircraft & Squadrons
RAF Benson is a front line support helicopter base working within the Joint Helicopter Command.

Benson is currently home to 28 Squadron, 33 Squadron, 230 Squadron and also No 6 Air Experience Flight, the Oxford University Air Squadron. 28 Squadron is an Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) using Chinooks and Pumas for training RAF helicopter aircrew. The National Police Air Service and the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance are also based here as lodger units.

28 Squadron OCU - Chinook HC.4 & Puma HC.2.
33 Squadron - Puma HC.2.
230 Squadron - Puma HC.2.
Oxford University Air Squadron - Grob Tutor.
Police & Air Ambulance - Eurocopter EC135.

History
RAF Benson was officially opened on Saturday 1st April 1939. It was home to Fairey Battle light bombers which were later replaced with Vickers Wellington medium bombers at the end of 1940.

It also gained considerable fame as the home of photographic reconnaissance for the remainder of the Second World War using Photographic Reconnaissance Spitfires. In 1944, two Mosquito and two Spitfire Squadrons were based here and assigned to the Coastal Command's Photo Reconnaissance assets with the whole of Northern Europe as its operational area. RAF Benson has a Spitfire PR.XI on the main gate to reflect the photo reconnaissance work that was carried out here during the Second World War.

After the War, RAF Benson retained a reconnaissance role using the Avro Lancaster, Spitfire, Mosquito, Gloster Meteor PR.10 and English Electric Canberra PR.3 aircraft.

A Ferry Squadron was based here during 1956 to 1958. In 1962, the Armstrong Whitworth AW.660 Argosys was based here as part of the RAF Transport Command fleet. RAF Benson was also the home to the King's Flight, later the Queen's Flight, for over 40 years, before moving to RAF Northolt in 1995.

In July 2015, 28 Squadron handed over its Merlin Helicopters to the Royal Navy/Commando Helicopter Force. The Commando Helicopter Force operated the Sea King until they received the Merlin helicopters. They were stationed at RAF Benson while they re-equipped with the Merlin and later moved to RNAS Yeovilton.


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