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Test Pilot from Belleville Killed

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    A test pilot killed in an F-22 fighter jet crash in the high desert of Southern California is being remembered in his hometown of Belleville.

    David Cooley, 49, was a test pilot for the jet's prime contractor, Lockheed Martin, when he was killed Wednesday in a remote area of the Mohave Desert.

    The Air Force is trying to pinpoint what caused the crash.

    Cooley was a 21-year Air Force veteran who joined Lockheed Martin in 2003.

    He graduated from Belleville East High School, where he was a standout soccer player and was the team captain.

    His father, Bill Cooley, is a retired Air Force master sergeant. He said his son flew a wide inventory of aircraft and had been testing the Raptor jet for several years.