IAMA Fighter jet mechanic that has worked F-22, F-16, F-117 and A-10 aircraft. Ask me almost anything.
I am a 15 year veteran that has been around the world working these planes. I will answer anything I can that doesn't touch on anything sensitive.
EDIT Dont know if this is enough proof. Some things I've gathered in my travels. Verification
WOW! Didn't expect this level of response.
Just to clarify, I HAVE NOT TOUCHED a F-35. I have seen one. Anything I say about the the F-35 is my opinion based off experience from aircraft I've worked.
Wiki for the F-22: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Martin_F-22_Raptor
Wiki for the F-16: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Dynamics_F-16_Fighting_Falcon
Wiki for the A-10 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairchild_Republic_A-10_Thunderbolt_II
More then a few people have asked me how to get into aviation maintenance. Obviously, the military is one way. The civilian side requires schools and a license from the FAA called an Airframe and Powerplant license. I have not worked civilian aviation and never plan too. The job market is volatile and a good diesel mechanic makes more in a lot of places.
EDIT I was a little harsh on pilots. They are people just like anyone else that make mistakes. I have met a few in my time that are awesome people. I had a commander that spent 6 months as an Iraqi POW and was one of the most caring and awesome people I've ever met. He would takeoff late to sit and explain what he was doing on a mission because he felt it was important to know what our work accomplished.