I guess I should lay off the Star Wars jokes, but it’s so entrenched in our culture! There’s a lot of people in the Army that grew up on Star Wars, and we’d make references and jokes like this a lot, actually. And really, a good mechanic truly is like a Jedi Master, as far as I’m concerned. I have no mechanical aptitude at all, and I admire and respect someone who has the patience for wrench-turning.
On a more serious note, it is hard to understate the problems our mechanics had to overcome on a daily basis. There weren’t enough parts to replace stuff that was abraded away by constant operations, much less combat. I don’t know how they did it.
I’ll do a few Star Wars jokes in the future but I promise to try to contain myself more. Pinky swear.