Temecula fighter pilot killed in crash honored by Gov. Newsom

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USAF 1st Lt. David Schmitz, 32, died on Tuesday when the F-16C Fighting Falcon he was flying crashed at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. Valley News/Valerie Schmitz Facebook
TEMECULA (CNS) - A U.S. Air Force pilot from Temecula who was killed during a training mission on the East Coast was saluted Friday by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who ordered flags statewide to be flown at half-staff in memory of the aviator. USAF 1st Lt. David Schmitz, 32, died on Tuesday when the F-16C Fighting Falcon he was flying crashed at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. Schmitz was on a night training flight, but few details were available regarding the accident. (Video courtesy of Shaw Air Force Base Facebook) He had been assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing's 77th Fighter Squadron and started his career in the Air Force as an enlisted man, working as a loadmaster aboard mammoth C-17 Globemaster cargo planes, according
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