Puma Helicopter Gets Unique Paint Job To Mark 50 Years' RAF Service

Half a century after the aircraft was delivered into service, a newly-painted Puma has been unveiled at RAF Benson.

A Puma helicopter has been given a unique new paint job to commemorate 50 years since the aircraft first entered into service with the RAF.

First delivered on 29 January 1971, the medium-lift support helicopters have flown combat and humanitarian operations around the world, deployed in places including Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Mozambique and the Caribbean.

Now the Puma helicopter Mk2 XW224 based at RAF Benson is honouring that heritage with a paint job that includes all the badges of the squadrons that have ever flown the Puma, and a tail fin emblazoned with the Union flag and its own bespoke Puma 50 logo.

The helicopters have also been crucial to the military's efforts to aid the public closer to home, being used throughout last year during the coronavirus pandemic.


In early 2020, the Pumas deployed at short notice to Kinloss Barracks to provide vital transport for personnel and equipment in Scotland and northern England.

The helicopters remained on stand-by 24/7 in that time to support any tasks required across the UK.

Earlier this year, an RAF Typhoon painted in a full Union Flag colour scheme was unveiled at RAF Coningsby.

The aircraft will be used at air shows both at home and overseas in the 2021 and 2022 display seasons.

Cover image: The Puma helicopter sports its new colours (Picture: MOD).