Working on the F-22 Aircraft as a mechanic in the Air Force is one of the newest specialty jobs in the Air Force. The F-22 is the most state of the Art aircraft currently in play in the United States Armed Forces, the Raptor, as it is known, is the newest addition to the aviation division of the United States Air Force. The Aircraft itself borrows heavily from a variety of designs including Soviet Union Fulcrum and Flanker aircraft, as well as the Stealth Bomber and Stealth Fighter of the current United States Military.
The lift and vortex performance that different airframes in the Soviet Union had in the 1980s caught the attention of the designers, and so there are engineering advances from what is now Russia that were used in designing and constructing the F-22 Raptor. Each of the Soviet Aircraft had specific flaws but the good parts of their design bring new factors to the operation of the F-22 Aircraft. The F-22 was first commissioned in 1981 as the next generation Air Force and US Military Jet Fighter, but it has been renamed both the F-22 Raptor and the multi force Strike ATF fighter. Few mechanics had ever seen an F-22 and there were no trained mechanics to work on it.
What is a Air Force Mechanic?
An Air Force F-22 Mechanic is a person who is specifically trained to perform both routine maintenance and periodic element and part replacement on the F-22 Aircraft. A person desiring to be an F-22 Mechanic first attends 9 weeks of basic training to become an Air Force Enlisted person. After boot camp, an Air Force F-22 mechanic is sent to advanced training school at the Filed Training Detachment located at Tyndall Air Force Base, or Nellis Air Force Base. A mechanic studies the overall F-22 Airframe, electronics systems, weapons systems, engine and flight control systems, as well as a host of other mechanical and technical systems. Mechanics often attend a pre mechanic school learning about other Air Force and United States military Airframes such as the F-14, F-16, and F-18, before studying about the systems present on the F-22 Raptor.
A mechanic will study from between 12 and 18 weeks to become minimally proficient in F-22 Raptor mechanical systems, and will undergo further training as they pursue a mechanical career in the Air Force. There are constantly updates and training to keep a person proficient with a particular Air Force Aircraft.