Teesside Airshow: Middlesbrough’s Falcon 8 is part of the RAF display team

An RAF parachute instructor will soar above his home town during this weekend’s air show.

Teessider Sgt Sean McCabe, from Middlesbrough, will be one of the stars of the Teesside Airshow on Saturday.

This means his family will get to see him take part in a Falcons display for the very first time.

Falcon 8 Sgt McCabe, who joined the RAF in 2008, is part of the elite team of parachutists performing at the show at Teesside Airport.

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He said: “I’m extremely excited to jump to Teesside, not only will I be jumping home but it will also be the first time my family has seen an RAF Falcons display with me as part of the team”.

He joined the RAF to begin his career as a firefighter and completed three deployments to the Falkland Islands and Afghanistan.

Deciding he wanted a change, he re-entered RAF Physical Training in 2015 and toured RAF Honnington before selecting Parachute Jump Instructor as his career path in 2018.

He then delivered static line parachuting to the airborne frces for three years before joining the RAF Falcons display team.

This will be his first year as an RAF Falcon, Falcon 8.

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Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “The countdown is well and truly on for the Teesside Airshow this weekend. I look forward to joining 22,000 people from across the region – and beyond – at Teesside Airport for what promises to be the highlight of the summer.

“Best of all, we’ll be lucky enough to see one of our own, Sgt Sean McCabe (Falcon 8) from Middlesbrough, land at home for the first time with the RAF Falcons. Demonstrate the excellence and capabilities of our qualified and talented service personnel. »

The Falcons are just one of the presentations set to wow crowds at Teesside Airport on Saturday during the sold-out event.

The Red Arrows will put on a 30-minute show, while the Starlings will perform high-octane close formation aerobatics and an L-39 Albatross will also show off their skills.

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