Thursday, 17 August 2017

Helicopters begin switch to new RAF base

THE first Chinook helicopters and about 150 personnel have moved to RAF Benson.

THE first Chinook helicopters and about 150 personnel have moved to RAF Benson.

The Chinook Operational Conversion Flight have joined their Puma colleagues and will operate under the mantle of 28 Squadron. The move from RAF Odiham will eventually see six Chinooks at the base.

The Flight will provide aircrew for front line squadrons for the army and Royal Marines as well as defence and government agencies.

The crews’ tasks will include troop movements, re-supply, casualty evacuation, disaster relief, military aid to the civil community and air security.

The personnel will have learnt the basics of flying a helicopter at RAF Shawbury and will be trained at Benson on how to use both helicopters.



Group Captain Simon Paterson, station commander, said the station has state-of-the-art simulators. “This will provide the best initial training possible for all future Royal Air Force support helicopter aircrew,” he added.

The last two Chinooks are expected early next year.



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