AN RAF parachute jump instructor will be taking to the skies above his home town at this weekend’s airshow.

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

It means his family will have the chance 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 parachute team performing at the show at Teesside Airport.

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He said: “I am extremely excited to be jumping into Teesside, not only will I been jumping into home turf but this will also be the first time my family have seen a RAF Falcons display with me as part of the team”.

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

Deciding he wanted a change, he re-mustered to RAF Physical Training in 2015 and completed a tour at RAF Honnington before selecting Parachute Jump Instructor as a career path in 2018.

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He then delivered static line parachuting to 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 to Teesside Airshow this weekend. I can’t wait to join 22,000 people from right across the region – and further afield – at Teesside Airport for what promises to be a highlight of the summer.

“Even better, we will get the chance to see one of our own, Sgt Sean McCabe (Falcon 8) from Middlesbrough, touch down on home soil for the first time with the RAF Falcons. Demonstrating the excellence and capabilities of our skilled, talented service people.”

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

The Red Arrows will be putting on a 30-minute display, while The Starlings will perform high-octane close formation aerobatics and an L-39 Albatross will also be showing off its skills.

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