Helicopters from Oxfordshire’s ambulance, police and RAF soared in unison across the county skies in a celebration of unity between the three services.
An air ambulance, police helicopter and RAF chopper, which all operate from RAF Benson, flew a circuit around the local area on Thursday last week.
The special event, a first for the south Oxfordshire base, included a flypast of the Airbus Helicopters UK HQ at Oxford Airport in
Group captain Hamish Cormack said: “We work in such close proximity to our National Police Air Service and Thames Valley Air Ambulance colleagues on a daily basis that it’s imperative we work effectively as a team.
“While we perform different roles, essentially we all do the same thing: delivering helicopter support where it is needed the most.
“It was fantastic to see the three aircraft flying together to celebrate our team work and to reinforce the Team Benson spirit.”
The RAF Puma HC Mk2, flown by the Puma Force currently operating in Afghanistan, was joined in the Oxfordshire skies by the Airbus EC135 of the National Police Air Service and Thames Valley Air Ambulance’s Airbus H135.
All three aircraft are capable of providing vital life saving and air security roles day and by night.