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Trust Supports RAF Benson 'Thank You'

Published: 16 Sep 2016

There was plenty to enjoy in the air and on the ground at RAF Benson's Families' Day recently.

The event, which is staged annually, is open to all those stationed in Wallingford, their families plus those who have provided support to serving personnel on the base during the past year.

Earlier this year the RAF Charitable Trust approved a grant request for £1,000 towards the day, one of 10 families' day events that received financial assistance over the summer.

Taking place in glorious sunshine, more than 1,000 guests were treated to a wide range of entertainment including a display by the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team and a role demo by Puma and Chinook squadrons based at RAF Benson supported by members of the RAF Regiment.

On the ground there were static aircraft on display along with stalls and children's activities which included a party, themed around the animated film Rio that featured mask-making and a drum and dance workshop.

Group Captain Simon Paterson, Station Commander of RAF Benson said: "Families' day is a chance to bring all the families together to thank them for their unerring support. With aerial and static displays, fun-filled activities and exhibits plus live music and entertainment into the evening; the day has something for everyone.  My thanks go to all who supported the event, especially the RAF Charitable Trust." 

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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