Top brass at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire have ordered an investigation into how the Puma HC2 support helicopters were damaged as they were ‘put to bed’. The Chiltern Air Support Unit, which flies the Eurocopter EC135 aircraft, has been presented with a certificate at a special ceremony. Published: 12:47 GMT, 8 January 2021 | Updated: 13:51 GMT, 8 January 2021. A CHINOOK has been freed six days after getting stuck in a muddy Oxfordshire field. RAF Benson . © 2021 Royal Air Force. 230 Squadron were rehomed from Northern Ireland to RAF Benson. RAF Benson in South Oxfordshire is a support helicopter main operating base working within the Joint Helicopter Command. Police helicopters play an important role in fighting crime. The wheels of the helicopter, based at RAF Benson, sank into the mud when it landed near Wantage on Tuesday. Please switch to using Chrome if you can. The lion signifies that the Station was built on the Manor of Bensington that once belonged to the Royal Duchy of Cornwall. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. He's bitten off more than he can chew! It now provides operational testing and evaluation for all Joint Helicopter Command aircraft types - including the Chinook. 22 Squadron re-formed at RAF Benson, providing operational evaluation, trials and testing of equipment and tactical training for the crews of all helicopter types flown by the Joint Helicopter Command. 28 Squadron, however, did not disband and instead stood up as the joint Operational Conversion Unit for Puma and Chinook helicopters in October 2015, remaining at RAF Benson. The twin-engined helicopter from 28 Squadron based at RAF Benson landed in a … One in particular, based at RAF Benson, has clocked up 10,000 flying hours, the second highest flying hours of its type in the world. The RAF Benson Flying Club operates a fleet of light aircraft to provide serving and ex-serving military personnel flying training to Private Pilot’s Licence standard and also touring opportunities. Following the war, the station re-grouped under Transport Command to provide medium range tactical air transport. All police aviation in England and Wales comes under the National Police Air Service (NPAS), while Police Scotland and the Police Service of Northern Ireland operate independent units.. RAF Benson is home to two front-line Puma HC2 helicopter squadrons and one operational conversion unit, flying a mix of Puma HC2 and Chinook HC4 helicopters. 28 (Army Cooperation) Squadron in July 2001 and of No. No. This was followed by the Merlin Helicopters of No. The RAF has the largest fleet of the distinctive choppers outside of America and is expected to remain in service until the 2040s. A CHINOOK helicopter from RAF Benson was stuck in mud for almost a week after having to make a precautionary landing. RAF Benson is home to two former Puma HC2 helicopters and one Operational Conversion Unit, which flies with a combination of Puma HC2 and Chinook HC4 helicopters. The 99ft long military … The RAF Chinook, pictured, suffered minor damage after it was forced to perform an emergency landing in a field near Wantage, Oxfordshire on Tuesday night, The massive helicopter sank into the field meaning it needs to be lifted from its current position before it could take off and return to its base at RAF Benson, The 40-year-old Boeing Chinook HC4 has been in service the with RAF since before the Falklands War, RAF engineers have solved the technical issue although the aircraft - which was used during the first Gulf War - is still stuck, Local people came out to see the helicopter which has been stuck in the mud since Tuesday after it was forced into an emergency landing. The twin-engined helicopter from 28 Squadron based at RAF Benson landed in … Both were part of the Puma helicopter force based at RAF Benson… It is home to the Royal Air Force’s medium transport helicopters, the Aerospatiale Puma and the new EH101 Merlin. It is also home to the Operational Evaluation Unit of the Joint Helicopter Command. 846 Naval Air Squadron who remained at RAF Benson until March 2015 when it moved to Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton. Further details at www.rafbfc.co.uk. The scallop is the traditional emblem of medieval pilgrims and symbolises the mobility of the service. A 100-foot long Chinook helicopter has been stuck in a muddy field for days after rookie pilots made an emergency landing in a farmer’s waterlogged pasture. The helicopter from 28 Squadron, based at RAF Benson, sank into the field near Wantage on Tuesday, the base said. An RAF Chinook helicopter which had to make a precautionary landing has been grounded in a field for days - after getting stuck in the mud. Chinook and Puma helicopters from RAF Benson and RAF Odiham escorted by the sensors and weapons of Army Air Corps Wildcat reconnaissance helicopters and Apache attack helicopters delivered waves of assaulting troops onto Imber Village as part of Exercise #WessexStorm. Using Internet Explorer 8? UK Crown Copyright. It has a … The paramedics are provided by the NHS; all other costs are funded by the TVAA Trust; a charity funded by donations from the public, largely from the Thames Valley area. Chopper comes a cropper: Chinook helicopter gets bogged down in a muddy field after mechanical failure forced it to make emergency landing 20 miles from its base at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire. Joint Helicopter Support Squadron, a tri-Service Joint Helicopter Command unit tasked with providing ground support to the Support Helicopter Force, arrived in 2016. In November 2009, the Puma Force was united when the Pumas of No. RAF Benson (IATA: BEX, ICAO: EGUB) is a Royal Air Force station near Benson in Oxfordshire, England. 845 Naval Air Squadron who moved shortly thereafter to RNAS Yeovilton. He served in the operational testing and evaluation unit from 2010 to 2013. Group Captain Paton took command of RAF Benson in November 2020. RAF Benson in Oxfordshire is a main operating base of the RAF that is home to two front-line helicopter squadrons and one Operational Conversion Unit. As part of our private Families’ Day on Thursday 26 July, there will be aerial displays in the vicinity of our airfield from 1415-1600hrs. It has a maximum cruising speed of 160kts and a maximum altitude of 15,000ft. No. The helicopter, from 28 Squadron, landed in the field near Wantage on January 5 following a mechanical issue. Police aviation in United Kingdom provides the British police with an aerial support unit to assist them in pursuit, surveillance and tracking. The aircraft is powered by two Honeywell T55-L-714A turboshaft engines - each producing 4,168 horse power. RAF Benson in Oxfordshire said the … Nine helicopters from 230 'Tiger' Squadron left their old base at Joint Helicopter Command Flying … Pictured is one of the helicopters … Royal Air Force Benson or RAF Benson (IATA: BEX, ICAO: EGUB) is a Royal Air Force (RAF) station located at Benson, near Wallingford, in South Oxfordshire, England. The Station Badge, granted in 1955, depicts a red lion rampant on a gold scallop. The county' s air ambulance and police helicopter … A Chinook helicopter from RAF Benson in Wallingford, that landed in a field near Wantage after a minor technical problem, has become stuck. Flying squadrons comprise No. RAF Benson personnel reported for duty at 0600hrs this morning to launch a Puma helicopter as part of our National Standby commitment. First to disband in September 2014 was No. The Chinook is from 28 Squadron at RAF Benson - where Prince William's former 22 Squadron reformed in May last year. Created from a flight of 240 Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Benson on 3 Nov 1980, to provide specialist Wessex training. Flt Lt Scott was said to have a "calm and reserved nature" Two RAF officers killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan have been named as Flt Lts … NPAS operates mainly in the central part of the South of England. RAF Benson is home to two front-line Puma HC2 helicopter squadrons and one Operational Conversion Unit, flying a mix of Puma HC2 and Chinook HC4 helicopters. After 91 years the RAF ceased flying from Northern Ireland yesterday when the Puma helicopters from 230 'Tiger' Squadron left the area for their new home at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire. An experienced Chinook helicopter pilot, he has completed numerous operational deployments including Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland. Created from a flight of 240 Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Benson on 3 Nov 1980, to provide specialist Wessex training. 78 Squadron, transferring its Merlins to No. The Queen’s Flight remained at RAF Benson until 1995, when it moved to RAF Northolt and was amalgamated with No. "RAF Benson can confirm that a Puma helicopter from 33 Squadron, based at RAF Benson, did land in Nuneaton this afternoon as part of a routine training sortie," a … After standing down as a Search and Rescue squadron in 2015, the team reformed as the Operational Evaluation Unit for the Joint Helicopter Command. As well as military work, the Chinook was used to secure the Todbrook reservoir after a dam faced collapse in August 2019. Heavy-lifting equipment used to free military helicopter stuck in muddy field In 2009 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for operations in Afghanistan. 60 Squadron flying Wessex HC2 helicopters, and then in 1997 No. And it has been stranded 20 miles away from its base at RAF Benson ever since. 33 Squadron flying Puma HC1 helicopters took up residence. Two RAF officers killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan have been named as Flt Lts Geraint Roberts and Alan Scott. It is mainly used for 'trooping, resupply a and battlefield casualty evacuation' (casevac). In 1937, with the RAF expanding, work began building an airfield near the historic village of Benson. Captain Paton of the party took over the reins of RAF Benson in November 2020. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. The helicopter… As a result of Support Helicopter rationalisation across Defence, the RAF’s Merlin helicopters transferred to the Royal Navy. Council: South Oxfordshire District Council. Its crew, from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, were learning to fly the heavy lift chopper when it suffered a hydraulics failure on Tuesday. RAF Chinooks were used to drop in giant sandbags at Toddbrook reservoir in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire in August 2019 showing its remarkable versatility. 32 (The Royal) Squadron. In addition, the RAF Benson Flying Club has a fleet of light aircraft, including two Cessna 152s, a Slingsby T67C Firefly, and a Robin DR400. 28 Squadron was next and in July 2015 transferred its Merlins to No. Disbanded at RAF Benson on 30 Apr 1982, partly in response to the demands of Operation Corporate. Royal Air Force engineers were deployed to rapidly fix the mechanical issue but the military work horse continued to sink further into the mud. "RAF Benson can confirm that a Puma helicopter from 33 Squadron, based at RAF Benson, did land in Nuneaton this afternoon as part of a routine training sortie," a spokesperson said. Benson is currently home to 28 Squadron OCU (Chinook & Puma), 33 Squadron (Puma), 230 Squadron (Puma) and the newly formed (May 2020) 22 Squadron (Operational Evaluation Unit) for all the Joint Helicopter Command helicopter types including Chinook, Puma HC2, … The … They thanked the owners of the field for the 'kindness they've shown to our team guarding the aircraft during some very cold nights'. RAF Benson in Oxfordshire said the aircraft “soon sank” into the ground, probably due to the extended period of wet weather recently. An RAF Puma HC Mk2, flown by 33 and 230 squadrons, was joined by a blue and yellow EC135 helicopter operated by the National Police Air Service and a red H135 belonging to Thames Valley Air Ambulance. In March 1992 RAF Benson began its association with helicopters as first No. RAF Benson RAF Benson in South Oxfordshire is the operational base of a helicopter operating within the Joint Helicopter Command. Heavy-lifting equipment has been used to free an RAF Chinook helicopter which has been stuck in a muddy field for six days after making a precautionary landing. The crews lifted at 0730hrs and have spent the day delivering COVID testing equipment and supporting the British Army and Kent Police . 6 AEF is commanded by a Senior Instructional Officer with Squadron Leader rank and staffed by a mix of serving RAF and RAF Volunteer Reserve officers. Cadets are drawn from Air Training Corps and Combined Cadet Forces from Herts & Bucks, Thames Valley, Surrey, Sussex, London, Middlesex and Kent ATC Wings, and 43 Schools with CCF RAF contingent. RAF Benson is home to two front-line Puma HC2 helicopter squadrons and one Operational Conversion Unit, flying a mix of Puma HC2 and Chinook HC4 helicopters. Aircraft & Squadrons RAF Benson is a front line support helicopter base working within the Joint Helicopter Command (JHC). RAF Benson in South Oxfordshire is a support helicopter main operating base working within the Joint Helicopter Command. Read the full story online now. RAF Benson in Oxfordshire said the aircraft “soon sank” into the ground, probably due to the extended period of wet weather recently. Blundering workers at an RAF base could be in for the chop after two multi-million-pound RAF helicopters were put out of service following a crash inside a hangar. Crew regularly respond to tasks such as searching for missing or vulnerable people, searching for offenders, managing high-speed vehicle pursuits and on occasions assisting the Ambulance Service. 78 Squadron in January 2008 creating the home of the Merlin Force. On 1 February 1939, RAF Benson opened and accepted its first aircraft; 2 squadrons of Fairey Battle Bombers. The mechanical issue has now been fixed but the helicopter is stuck after it sank into "extremely soft ground". RAF Benson Two cranes were used to lift the large helicopter free from the mud An RAF Chinook has been lifted to freedom after being stranded in a field for almost a week. The plane, which can transport entire Chinook helicopters in its hold, was on a routine training sortie from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. A CHINOOK from an Oxfordshire RAF base has got bogged down in a muddy field after making a precautionary landing. The helicopter can deploy 55 troops into a warzone or carry ten tonnes of cargo. The Battle Bombers left RAF Benson in December 1940 to be replaced by the twin engine Wellington Bombers and the Spitfires of No. The major task of 6 AEF is to provide an annual air experience flight of 20 minutes duration to every cadet in its allocated region. From 1939 until 1995, the Station became the start point for many a Royal journey as initially the ‘King's Flight’, and then later the ‘Queen's Flight’ made its home at RAF Benson. A mixed formation of civilian and military helicopters has flown together for the first time from the base they share at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire. It is a front-line station and home to the RAF's fleet of Westland Puma HC2 support helicopters, used primarily for the transportation of troops & equipment. RAF Benson, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 6AA. 22 Squadron which provides operational evaluation and training for all aircraft in Joint Helicopter Command Until recently, the two Merlin (RAF EH101) simulators at Benson were the only ones available for EH101 pilot training. The 10 ton helicopter from RAF Benson, north of Reading, became stranded after sinking into a waterlogged field Author: Jonathan Richards Published 12th Jan 2021 Last updated 12th Jan 2021 RAF Benson say the Chinook that became stuck in a field near Wantage last week has been lifted successfully and is now out of the mud. Disbanded at RAF Benson on 30 Apr 1982, partly in response to the demands of Operation Corporate. Defence Minister Philip Dunne at RAF Benson for helicopter capability demonstration. The comments below have not been moderated. Police aviation in United Kingdom provides the British police with an aerial support unit to assist them in pursuit, surveillance and tracking. Senior Aircraftman Sean Carter has been presented with the “Best Reservist in Oxfordshire 2020” award by the South East Reserve Forces and Cadets Association. Puma helicopters will be operating in Northern England this week as part of their pre-deployment training. 230 Squadron flying the Puma, No. In May 2020, No. Police helicopters play an important role in fighting crime. It was hoped a tri-Service team of specialists could recover it by the end of the week but have been unable to rescue it yet. Nobody was injured during the precautionary landing which left the 11-tonne helicopter stuck in the mud, RAF engineers from the Joint Aircraft Recovery and Transportation Squadron ( have been working on a plan to rescue the helicopter from the mud in Oxfordshire, Engineers are currently developing a plan rescue the helicopter from the muddy field without causing it any damage. 33 Squadron & No. It can be armed with two M134 miniguns and a 7.62mm M60 machine gun. Their aim is to deliver and sustain the specialist helicopter handling and underslung load capability for operations and exercises worldwide, in order to meet UK defence missions and tasks. Benson is currently home to 28 Squadron and 33 Squadron and also to Oxford University Air Squadron and 6 Air Experience Flight. A Chinook helicopter from RAF Benson in Wallingford, that landed in a field near Wantage after a minor technical problem, has become stuck. Until recently, the two Merlin (RAF EH101) simulators at Benson were the only ones available for EH101 pilot training. A Royal Air Force Chinook is stuck in an Oxfordshire field after making a precautionary landing due to a mechanical issue. A RAF Benson spokesman said in a statement on their Facebook page: 'While it was hoped that it could simply be dug out and then flown home, the risk of damage to the aircraft from this course of action has been assessed as significant and alternative options are being explored, including potentially lifting it from the mud with a crane.'. The wheels of the 11 tonne £60m chopper quickly began sinking into the waterlogged ground due to recent downpours of rain. The yellow and red helicopter carries lifesaving equipment and can transport patients at speed to one of several hospitals in the area with landing facilities, and can also take emergency doctors to the patient at the scene. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, who, under RAF Coastal Command, establish Benson firmly in the forefront of the war effort. Engineers were able to fix the mechanical issue but it has taken several days for arrangements to be made to free the helicopter which has involved laying 250ft of track and using two cranes. Since entering service with the RAF in 1981, the Chinook has been operational in the Falklands War, the two Gulf Wars, Afghanistan and as well as in Bosnia, during a UN peace keeping mission. According to the RAF 'the Chinook is an extremely capable and highly versatile support helicopter. An RAF Chinook helicopter which had to make a precautionary landing has been grounded in a field for days - after getting stuck in the mud. RAF Benson’s central location within the south of England provides a strategic position for response to local Police Forces and beyond. RAF Benson . The TVAA moved to RAF Benson in 2007. JHSS is a joint RAF and Army Joint Helicopter Command unit tasked with providing ground support to the Support Helicopter Force. It is with great sadness that we confirm the death of Senior Aircraftman Thomas Gamble, who was a passenger in a road traffic collision in Leicestershire while off-duty on 20 December 2020. It had 60 Chinooks in active inventory in 2015 and requested to purchase 16 more from the US three years later. 1992 - Rotary wing aircraft moved to RAF Benson. The Chinook is the RAF’s heavy-lifting workhorse, which can haul anything from 55 fully-armed troops to the fearsome MGM-32 "Lance" missile system in and out of combat zones RAF Benson is also home to the civilian National Police Air Service and the Thames Valley Air Ambulance which operate 24 hours a day. The 99ft long military twin-rotor chopper was forced to touch down near Wantage, Oxfordshire on Tuesday due to a mechanical issue. The two Chinook helicopters, based at RAF Benson, were out on pre-deployment training over Wattisham, the Merville Barracks in Colchester and at Stamford in Lincolnshire. RAF Benson in Oxfordshire is a main operating base of the RAF that is home to two front-line helicopter squadrons and one Operational Conversion Unit. Engineers were able to fix the mechanical issue but it has taken several days for arrangements to be made to free the helicopter which has involved laying 250ft of track and using two cranes. The RAF Chinook is a highly versatile heavy-lift helicopter, able to operate from ships or land bases across the globe. All police aviation in England and Wales comes under the National Police Air Service (NPAS), while Police Scotland and the Police Service of Northern Ireland operate independent units.. The … For information for our neighbours who are likely to see and hear these displays, they are currently expected to include the aircraft listed below. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Of 160kts and a 7.62mm M60 machine gun Geraint Roberts and Alan Scott 78 Squadron in 2008... 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