GOING SUPERSONIC with U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds! Pulling 7 G's in an F-16 -Smarter Every Day 235

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This flight took place on May 3, 2018 in Biloxi Mississippi. The reason it took so long to release is the high amount of research I wanted to do before releasing the video. I even visited the Air Force Research Lab at Wright Patterson AFB to discuss some aspects of this video with Aerodynamicists. Synchronizing all this footage and coordinating additional B Roll with the Thunderbirds Public Affairs Officer also required a lot of effort.
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I've been around a lot of pilots and ground crew in my life and I must say that the professionalism displayed by the Thunderbirds was astounding. Their goal is to inspire and demonstrate the capabilities of the US Air Force, so I'll take it a step further. If you're a smart young person who is interesting in changing your life for the better, strongly consider the Air Force. The job market isn't the best at the moment but the Air Force still has opportunities available for you to learn incredible skills even if you're not interested in flying. They manage everything from logistics, electronics, aerospace, cyber and even space systems. The threats to freedom are becoming more complex, and in my experience working for the Department of Defense over a 15 year span (even longer if you count my work as a contractor) The US Air Force consists of some of the most intelligent service members our country has. These people are book-smart, but also have the confidence to solve real world problems with their own hands. If I have a complex aerodynamic question, my first call is usually to someone in the Air Force, because they understand these complex phenomena intuitively. For example, in this video you would hear Flack and I talking about pitot tubes in flight. We also had other discussions about fuel burn rates, Prandtl Glauert, weather.... all kinds of things. Simply put, if you're looking for direction in your life, and you're good with science and math... consider the Air Force. That being said, they also need other types of skills as well. Logisticians, writers, creative people who know how to solve complex problems in unique ways.
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  • This video was the opportunity of a lifetime. When asked if I wanted to fly in an F-16, I said "Yes please, and there are some things I'd like to study. Can we try supersonic flight at different altitudes?" I'm very grateful for this opportunity and would like to thank Flack and the rest of the US Air Force Thunderbirds. This flight took place on May 3rd, 2019. This Spatial Disorientation training is something all fighter pilots go through so they can understand how their own physiology works under these conditions. Thank you for watching and learning with me. I always wanted to know what happened in the cockpit when a jet goes supersonic. If you think this kind of content is worthy of your support, you can become a patron at: www.patreon.com/smartereveryday

    SmarterEveryDaySmarterEveryDay6 days ago
    • There is insect right above your head see at 19:32 minute.

      Gaurav SinghGaurav Singh6 hours ago
    • The F20 was rated for 9 Gs but could take much much more. So much that it killed 2 pilots during test phases, pulling 10 plus Gs. It's a T38 with one massive afterburner engine comparable to the FA18. Did not go into service with any country, but it was awesome!

      Stevie JoStevie Jo8 hours ago
    • No one can imagine what 6+ Gs or heck just what inverted flight is like, you cannot understand how foreign it is to any experience you have ever encountered. It is not majestic in the cockpit, proper aerobatics is brutal. Brutal physically, mentally, and brutal to your situational awareness. I am glad you got to experience it first hand. It has been a few years since I have flown aerobatics in an aerobatic aircraft. While the jets can pull high speed and high-G, the piston birds can due very high-G and absurd things the jet can only dream about, like gyroscopic tumbling. I would love to have the opportunity with the Thunderbirds or Angles all said, you are in a unique position. What a thrill. FYI the speed of sound is influenced not by altitude, but be outside air temperature. Obviously in the troposphere we have a lapse rate generally speaking the higher you go in the Troposphere.

      Brett GBrett G12 hours ago
    • At Stinson airport

      Rob GamingRob Gaming14 hours ago
    • My father controlled the Thunderbirds when they flew from Las Vegas to New York from san antonio tx

      Rob GamingRob Gaming14 hours ago
  • Man, you’d hate top fuel drag racing 😂 great vid

    Ryan FarnsworthRyan Farnsworth11 minutes ago
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1494">24:54</a> beautiful

    credit card scammercredit card scammer16 minutes ago
  • explain how Squirrels climp and jumb ...

    Mubashir JamshaidMubashir Jamshaid18 minutes ago
  • this is how a video is supposed to go along. There was no "chest thumping" of any kind. It was completely entertaining and I felt like I was in there with him. I enjoyed it.

    mo fomo fo44 minutes ago
  • That's the DMT experience but the plane is your soul leaving the body.

    Joan KuqoJoan Kuqo47 minutes ago
  • I was in the 159thCAM and got my chance to do a DACT (Dissimilar Aircraft Combat Training) I.E> go up in the back seat of an F15 against a simulated enemy aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico. We were doing some incredible maneuvers (dog fight) as the scheduled F4 had issues and they sent up an F15A model instead. We pulled -3.2g, +10.3g, and Mach 1.3 during the manuvers. I even got to turn the aircraft around and head to the start zone after each maneuver... best 3-hours ever. I would do it again if I had the chance. I only wish i had a GoPro back then. (1993 or so.)

    askjerryaskjerry59 minutes ago
  • Being destin is a dream come true situation

    yudha hardiansyahyudha hardiansyahHour ago
  • before i even knew who i was in life, as a kid i was convinced i was gonna be a jet fighter pilot, but just to fly a jet would be pretty awesome, i actually did ace combat 7 skies unknown on hard mode in Virtual Reality, and completed the first 2 missions :P O_O

    board flowboard flowHour ago
  • Destin, I have come to understand the complexities and similar personality traits of high achieving or very devoted people. Over the years I have been privileged to meet scores of Special Forces Operators representing all branches of our military and a few from other countries. These men all tend to have a very high degree of modesty and they are surprisingly grounded in humility. This is not at all the what most people would expect. These people, like the men and woman you experienced have a tremendous degree of responsibility, knowledge and expertise in their chosen field, and yet they’re blessed with the gift of modesty. They don’t come across as loud boasters or egomaniacal divas. And I believe that at the core of this trait lies their observation of those who came before them. Not humility via tradition alone but an actual transformation in the DNA of their perceived self. Of course there will always be a bad nut in the batch but those people tend to get weeded out by attrition or fail in the early stages of training by the group. This is not an absolute guarantee however. Another reason may be their understanding of the distinct position they hold. They appreciate their unique position in that their are only small numbers of people that pass through training and are employed in their field. This brings about a bond among them which is where humility is an established trait among their peers. Esprit de Corps.

    Peter GunnPeter GunnHour ago
  • if its going to blow up why dont make it stronger

    joeyjoeyHour ago
  • I never knew that I would learn a lot about aircrafts from one video.

    The ParadoxThe ParadoxHour ago
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1470">24:30</a> look at how his thighs literally inflates as the plane hits that G. Without the G-suit, his lower body might just explode. jk

    Dat DangDat DangHour ago
  • able to understand by wacthed this , I ..wow .. I'm felt lucy enough .. how about you : imagine them (they in amazing level) What the worthy .. so much thank you bro!

    Redmi 4xRedmi 4xHour ago
  • Deeply cool... Would love to take your place any day...! Tough as nails staying alert as far as you did mate... !! F-16's as far as being mid 1970's tech... they are are specially wicked little air frame... loved by many around the planet. Just an easy little thing all round.....Tiny in the flesh, well against an F-4 Phantom II lol it's cute lol.. The performance is still absolutely world class... shame you didn't go into C of G and C of P and the correlation, in the design of the f-16, and how it making the F-16 so agile compared to others in it's era. As an Aircraft Engineer of 27 years .. All the fighters of that era, are brutal... the Technology at the time, the money spent.. it was insanity!! The best part.... all the data, these 4th gen aircraft collect...... Insane aerodynamics, and the immense (!!) power they make...The conservation of momentum...turned into the 5th generation of fighters.. you think the F-16 is crazy, add thrust vectoring.. more power, better aerodynamics... and then... state of the Art Avionics!! yikes.. No wonder why it's cheaper to send a Reaper Drone to take out a target... or a cruise missile.....no offense. The target won't care... hahaha What we see at Airshows barely scratches the surface. Even front line stuff... What the current line up of fighters... on both sides... is capable of... would blow everyone away! Love the content... and dearly love the channel Destin... keep up the amazing work mate!! Huge cheers from Aus!

    Steve BlackbirdSteve BlackbirdHour ago
  • "Vapor in the cockpit is caused by the Environmental Control System" me: Sounds complex AKA air conditioning... me: Oh...

    dolimi jotoodolimi jotooHour ago
    • Couldn't watch this video for a week because i was too jealous, awesome stuff!

      dolimi jotoodolimi jotooHour ago
  • This was awesome to watch!!!!!

    Giant_alexGiant_alexHour ago
  • I remember seeing them in Florida. Man, what a sight.

    -Keith- _EA1381_-Keith- _EA1381_Hour ago
  • you are liars who present some technical data of totally false efficiency. In real life, the efficiency is 30 percent lower than what you present, you are liars and all you present is marketing, nothing else .... lies lies lies!

    Iulian DavidIulian DavidHour ago
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1302">21:42</a> lol

    Raihan FirdausRaihan FirdausHour ago
  • As you said at the end of the video.... You earned my subscription to your channel buddy and as a ex airforce pilot you really nailed it on explaining a wide variety of aviation science in an incredible short time video...... I salute you

    Hazem BoyoykHazem Boyoyk2 hours ago
  • Hey D, as usual fantastic vid. Love the life lesson. Hope you and your family are doing well! :)

    Scott RoganScott Rogan2 hours ago
  • Gerald Butler did a 9.3 gs. So many inspiring people out here on YT

    4inksempire4inksempire2 hours ago
  • I was awesome watching this

    Taha FalahatiTaha Falahati2 hours ago
  • Fan boy

    YoChilzzy instaYoChilzzy insta2 hours ago
  • You have some of the most educational, yet interesting content. Who thought physics could be this interesting!

    Bryan NyabutoBryan Nyabuto2 hours ago
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1492">24:52</a> Isn't that a flat earth.

    Etta victorEtta victor3 hours ago
  • But what about the flux capacitor? I bet it was being worked on. Maybe next time.

    Greg StevensonGreg Stevenson3 hours ago
  • Luke <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="851">14:11</a> For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. 💙

    Bron CinzahBron Cinzah3 hours ago
  • i keep hearing pedo tube

    KoaasstKoaasst4 hours ago
  • That's amazing, it would never happen that in Europe or some other country you will be allowed to fly with acrobatic jet team and perform 9 g,

    PilotRUPilotRU4 hours ago
  • that chick is the women version of the kid from "santa clarita diet" look it up and youll see it trust

    Luca GreigLuca Greig4 hours ago
  • Couldn't watch this video for a week because i was too jealous, awesome stuff!

    Daniel DC88Daniel DC884 hours ago
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="220">3:40</a> Matured Grown Men being Teenage Nerds

    BunZ20 :VBunZ20 :V4 hours ago
  • That was very 😎.

    B70B705 hours ago
  • Isn’t when your vision shrinks called tunnel vision

    Jo SettJo Sett5 hours ago
  • just watching this gives me anxiety 😂

    Marcus DiazMarcus Diaz5 hours ago
  • Tom Cruise would run circles round this guy though.

    Project YetiProject Yeti5 hours ago
  • Your really smart man definitely do your research on these it’s great to watch

    Isaac ButterworthIsaac Butterworth5 hours ago
  • Next video about nuclear spaceships ?

    Nikesh JainNikesh Jain5 hours ago
  • I've been watching you videos since 2009 and it's good to see you going hard in your work well done destin keep up the good work mate

    Chris AlucardChris Alucard5 hours ago
  • dude im so jealous of you! you got to fly in an awesome aircraft AND THEY PUT YOUR NAME ON IT !!!!!!!!!!

    Angry DimsumAngry Dimsum6 hours ago
    • super sonics the compression of air, super... spacial? the compression of space! IM A GENIUS

      Angry DimsumAngry Dimsum5 hours ago
    • ive figured it out, to develop bigger balls of steel, pull higher g's

      Angry DimsumAngry Dimsum6 hours ago
  • What was with those handshakes at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="352">5:52</a> ??

    Kane McIntyreKane McIntyre6 hours ago
  • Hey Destin! Wondering where you get you thunderbirds models from? When your flexing with them I can't resist.

    Zean PikeZean Pike6 hours ago
  • Wow what an experience for you, I was going to do a flight like this with the RAF. Thanks for giving me some in sight to how it works

    UKdaddy DaveUKdaddy Dave6 hours ago
  • “I’m in the back suffering, it was incredible!!”

    Tyler HoweTyler Howe6 hours ago
  • I’m about to have an anxiety attack just watching this. I can’t imagine actually being there

    Akotski1338Akotski13387 hours ago
  • Rip snow bird 🦢

    642 Stunts642 Stunts7 hours ago
  • Destin, I think you have the flight date a year off. Keesler AFB has the date as May 3, 2019, not 2018.

    M GM G7 hours ago
  • Thunderbird 8?!? I got to help unload that aircraft when it arrived at Keesler for the airshow in 2009. :)

    AnnaAnna7 hours ago
  • Your eyes going sideway after rotation stopped in chair! It always facinated me when I rode on the back of the landrover going down the road looking backwards then when stopped the scenery still seamed to be going away.

    john mcgovernjohn mcgovern7 hours ago
  • What's more credible is that not only is "Mace" humble and articulate with her skill set, she is also lethal to our adversaries.

    Randy FrancisRandy Francis7 hours ago
  • Super entertaining and informative episode... 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

    Patrick NgPatrick Ng7 hours ago
  • It is impossible to accurately measure the static pressure of moving air because of surounding mechanicle influences on the traveling air. Turbulence, venturi effect, ram effect.

    john mcgovernjohn mcgovern7 hours ago
  • Airforce? Bruh I don’t even have legs.

    GuffulGufful7 hours ago
  • Pulling up into an arc creates radial deceleration? yes/no. Perhaps not a good description. Maybe centrifagle force .

    john mcgovernjohn mcgovern7 hours ago
  • Why do I hate this guy for tapping out during such an amazing opportunity. I think half of us would keep going until we passed out.

    FullSendFeyoFullSendFeyo7 hours ago
  • Talking about vertigo

    The Greek PhysikThe Greek Physik7 hours ago
  • _Watching this while waiting for my flight_ Me: "I wanna experience 7G :D" _Inside commercial airplane_ *_Me: "My disappointment is immeasurable and my day is ruined_*

    PinBall WizardPinBall Wizard7 hours ago
  • Warning warning.....ok...

    FuryXHD PCFuryXHD PC7 hours ago
  • come on tapped out at 7g what in the world.. the tower of terror is 6.3gs .. but that rotation thing explains it :-D and VR legs wont help since you dont rotate in VR lol.. But dont you think being humbled by force is a great feeling because you want to break through as much as possible after :-D.. but man am glad you got this dream to come through its every kids dream :-D.. also please send a flat earther on one of these rides lol

    joseph eapenjoseph eapen8 hours ago
  • What happens if the pilot blacks out 🤦‍♂️

    Yes SirYes Sir8 hours ago
  • The explanation of the pitot tube (altitude & speed) at match 1 ... Was really cool.

    ma vama va8 hours ago
  • I remember Destin doing a video about Granular Convection (Brazil nut effect), and cannot seem to find it anymore. Would anyone have a link? Thanks!

    blaizifyblaizify8 hours ago
  • when she said the fluid catches up with the side of the glass, i made the connection and got so happy!!

    Isaiah HollandIsaiah Holland8 hours ago
  • I've Always WONDERED What those Pointed Dart looking things on jets were! "Pitot tubes" Huh?! THANKS for the Education on that! :D

    Chris71379Chris713798 hours ago
  • Beautifully explained. The flight video was fantastic as well. The excitement culminated in me as well.

    Kevin HoneywellKevin Honeywell8 hours ago
  • Thanks for the Bible verse

    Jacob ElderJacob Elder8 hours ago
  • So jealous!

    Chris WeatherlyChris Weatherly8 hours ago
  • thank you so much for sharing this experience. So amazing to watch.

    Vikash RajuVikash Raju9 hours ago
  • Who actually understood what he said? (I’m curious, like this comment if u didn’t understand most of what he said)

    Haze_ MatthewsHaze_ Matthews9 hours ago
  • Me in war thunder putting 14 g’s on my pilot

    Jonathon ReimerJonathon Reimer9 hours ago
  • Awesome 👍

    BoykaBoyka9 hours ago
  • "I dont even remember that conversation, I was just hanging on for dear life"😂🤣🤣

    Steven 2genSteven 2gen9 hours ago
  • Pilot : We will test you to see what you can take Smarter: I can take all the groceries in on 1 go

    CxmmlolCxmmlol9 hours ago
  • amazing

    Oded SeraphOded Seraph9 hours ago
  • Well... to start with you are pretty assume! ))) Nice video, they are always so full of useful information. Thank you ! )))

    Gary PrinceGary Prince9 hours ago
  • this looks soo cool, hope i get a flight in a jet when I join the RAF

    ScootesScootes9 hours ago
  • lol I'm dizzy just looking at this video

    Elliott BradleyElliott Bradley10 hours ago
  • Once that cockpit roof is down there is no going back. I am not a pilot of course.

    Little KerbonautLittle Kerbonaut10 hours ago