- RAF Benson
name = RAF Benson
image-width = 280px
IATA = BEX
ICAO = EGUB
type = Military
owner = Ministry of Defence
Royal Air Force
location = Benson
elevation-f = 226
elevation-m = 69
coordinates = Coord|51|36|59|N|001|05|45|W|type:airport
website = [http://www.raf.mod.uk/rafbenson/ www.raf.mod.uk/rafbenson]
r1-number = 01/19
r1-length-f = 5,981
r1-length-m = 1,823
:"BEX redirects here. For the airline that operated under that name from 1984 to 2000, see
Business Express Airlines.RAF Benson Airport codes|BEX|EGUB is a Royal Air Force stationnear Benson in Oxfordshire, England. It is home to the Royal Air Force's support helicopters, the Aérospatiale Pumaand the EH101 Merlin, known as the Puma HC1 and the Merlin Mk3 and Mk3a.Benson is currently home to 28 (AC) Squadron and 33 Squadron and also to Oxford University Air Squadron and 6 Air Experience Flight. In January 2008, 78 Squadron was formally stood up at RAF Benson to create, alongside 28 (AC) Squadron, a Merlin Force. 78 Squadron were previously a Sea King/ ChinookSquadron based at RAF Mount Pleasantin the Falkland Islands). Previous units once based there include the Queen's Flight.
Thames Valley Policehelicopter (a Eurocopter EC135) and the Thames Valley and Chiltern air ambulancehelicopter (a Bölkow 105, call sign "Helimed24") are also both based at Benson.
The airfield is a well-known frost hollow.
Building work for RAF Benson began in 1937. RAF Benson was officially opened on 1 April 1939 and its first aircraft were 2 squadrons of
Fairey Battle light bomberswhich arrived on 3 April 1939.
King's Flightmoved from RAF Hendonand would stay (renamed as the Queen's Flight after the death of King George VI) until after the war, moving to RAF Northoltin 1995.
The Battles, were replaced in December 1940 with
Vickers Wellingtonmedium bombers. At the same time the Spitfires of No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit RAFan RAF Coastal Commandunit arrived. It gained considerable fame as the home of photographic reconnaissance for the remainder of World War II.
* [http://www.raf.mod.uk/RAFbenson/ Official RAF Benson website]
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