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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.

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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.

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The flypast of the three helicopters took in their shared UK base at Kidlington near Oxford, which allows teams to work closely together on the ground and in the often congested skies above the area.

Flypast over RAF Benson

The three aircraft are all capable of operating day and night to provide their vital lifesaving and air security roles.

RAF, air ambulance and police fly together for the first time

Group Captain Hamish Cormack, Station Commander, 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.”

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