|Courage & Determination|
886 Squadron Crest
|Founded:||24 May 1984|
|Address:||Cadet Centre, Clotherholme Road Ripon, North Yorkshire|
|Commanding Officer:||WO Wayne Cobbett RAFAC|
|Wing:||Central and East Yorkshire Wing|
|Wing HQ:||RAF Topcliffe|
|Tuesday||19:00 - 21:30|
|Friday||19:00 - 21:30|
The squadron is part of Central and East Yorkshire Wing along with twenty-seven other squadrons.
Ripon detatched flight was formed in 1979 as a detatched flight of 1953 (Knaresborough) Squadron with Flt Lt Keith Fiddler as the first commanding officer. Since being formed, Ripon has been a detached flight of 1029 (Thirsk) Squadron and of 58 (Harrogate) Squadron, eventually becoming a squadron in its own right in 1983.
In 1982 Flt Lt Jerry Kemp took command and then on 23 May 1983, 886 squadron was established, taking it's squadron number from the year in which the city of Ripon received its Royal Charter (AD 886). The squadron crest depicts the city's horn. The hornblower is a civic position and accompanies the city's Mayor on all official engagements. The crest was created by Cadet Corporal Wayne Cobbett in 2004, who is now one of the squadron's adult staff and himself a Ripon hornblower.
Flt Lt Richard Goodier took command in 1984 after Flt Lt Kemp's departure and commanded the squadron until he was temporarily posted to Knaresborough squadron in 1986, later returning to resume command at Ripon in 1988. Richard Goodier remained in command until 1997 when his wife, Flt Lt Anne Goodier, took command. Both Goodiers retired from uniformed service in 2002 when Flt Lt Jack Towse took over. Richard Goodier is now the civilian committee chairman. More recently, Flt Lt Chris Crebbin took command to replace Flt Lt Towse when he moved to Harrogate squadron in February 2007.
At one time Ripon squadron headquarters were at the Territorial Army (TA) building in the centre of Ripon, but the squadron was forced to move when the TA Centre was closed. After the closure of the centre a purpose built cadet centre was built on Clotherholme Road.
The squadron is now based on the premises that were built for them on Clotherholme Road on land owned by the MoD. They currently share the building with the local Detachment of the Army Cadet Force.
The squadron celebrated its 25th anniversary on 23 May 2008.
The squadron parades between 19:00 and 21:30 every Tuesday and Friday night on purpose built premises, which they share with the Army Cadets near the army barracks on Clotherholme Road in Ripon.
- Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Warrant establishing 886 Ripon Squadron, HMSO, 1983-05-23.