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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  1. SmarterEveryDay

    SmarterEveryDayپیش 6 روز

    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

  2. Rob Gaming

    Rob Gamingپیش 9 ساعت

    At Stinson airport

  3. Rob Gaming

    Rob Gamingپیش 9 ساعت

    My father controlled the Thunderbirds when they flew from Las Vegas to New York from san antonio tx

  4. Derek Willingham

    Derek Willinghamپیش 11 ساعت

    Hey! In your description you say May 3rd, 2018! Great video. Truly the opportunity of a lifetime. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Caleb Traxler

    Caleb Traxlerپیش 13 ساعت

    Destin, when you showed the eyes twitching I thought that was pretty interesting. I have Nystagmus related to my Ocular Albinism which makes my eyes do this constantly, though it has a different affect. When I try to focus on something, for instance while reading, my eyes move and things get blurry. The more I try to focus the more blurry it gets. It's interesting how this effect combined with fluid movement in your ears creates the sensation of dizziness.

  6. Mr. Grant

    Mr. Grantپیش 15 ساعت

    WHAT!!! All the groceries in ONE TRIP!?!?!?

  7. MagicalFrame9

    MagicalFrame9پیش 8 ساعت

    So dissapointed you didn't play sweet home Alabama while you broke the sound barrier

  8. Daniel Yepez

    Daniel Yepezپیش 8 ساعت

    Was in the Navy and stationed on the Abe Lincoln for a few years. I got to see F 18's take off and land on the flight deck. Also got to see a little air show while in the pacific of the Hornets performing numerous stunts and breaking the sound barrier. One of the best experiences while serving.

  9. Mariana Friederich

    Mariana Friederichپیش 8 ساعت

    I felt nausea only seeing this video

  10. JESTER dawan

    JESTER dawanپیش 8 ساعت

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1307">21:47</a> im dying lol

  11. biel andrada

    biel andradaپیش 9 ساعت

    Me in a fighter G-force suit: *squeezes my legs together* Me: ty for helping me hold my pee

  12. Rob1972 Akins

    Rob1972 Akinsپیش 9 ساعت

    At <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="472">7:52</a> whats the smoke in the cockpit behind the co-pilot 🤔

  13. K458 Lucca

    K458 Luccaپیش 9 ساعت

    How did you get in the backseat?! Getting in the backseat of a fighter aircraft and piloting a fighter jet is my dream! I would really love to Learn the G-Forces and how it effects/ pressure the human body. Learning about the engines, and why each engine is different. And how gravity works differently. I seen pilots throwing a paper plane around, A candy bar, and pouring a cup of water. It would be really cool to see how its done ans see how it maybe effects it!

  14. Jetz XxJaycexX

    Jetz XxJaycexXپیش 9 ساعت

    i was doing something just listening to the audio then <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="267">4:27</a> i heard his say im just going to lay there receive all the Gs i was like what im i watching haha

  15. Smith Aizawa

    Smith Aizawaپیش 9 ساعت

    I just learned something about flying jet, GForce, body fluids, & moral lessons in 1 video.

  16. tag

    tagپیش 10 ساعت

    Luke 14 : 11

  17. BC AD-Infinity

    BC AD-Infinityپیش 10 ساعت

    I love USAF.. But was going into the USMC. I wanted to become a Helicopter Pilot or Engineer for Helicopters in the USMC but, due to a back issue at 17yrs old, even my parents signed the papers for me at 17 yrs of age, but I didn't sign because of my severe spine issues which plagued me while playing Football, Basketball, Baseball & Softball along with a severe injury to my neck in Judo. I didn't want to put the men & woman who would've been next to me in jeopardy during war time, if it was to come to it. This happened in '83 after I took my physical & came 6th in fast Arithmatic & Engineering out of 250 individuals taking the tests that wk. Now I'm 55 & can barely walk due to the spinal issues I stated earlier & can barely walk long enough which would be about 5-6 car lengths. One day I hope to be able to just have a ride in an Apache.., dreams are dreams for me. Peace, Grace & Mercy to everyone in the Military & my prayers go out to all who are with us in Spirit, all who are serving & all who came home but are fighting to survive here on Earth. May God Bless you all & one day, when the day comes, take you to the place He has prepared for us all, especially are Men & Woman in the Armed Forces who allow us to be able to place our heads on our pillows at night & to be able to hug & tell our children we love them & who every knight are praying for you all in the Armed Forces.

  18. tag

    tagپیش 10 ساعت

    Interesting thing the Prandtl-Glauert transformation... I wonder if the Lorentz transformation behaves the same way when approaching light speed ;)

  19. Aaron Primus

    Aaron Primusپیش 10 ساعت

    Yas, give me dem Gs daddy

  20. Andre Williams

    Andre Williamsپیش 10 ساعت

    One of the greatest developments that we got from President Reagan, was air land sea Battle and he modernize our forces that we can engage any attack against the United States with Conventional Weapons

  21. Andre Williams

    Andre Williamsپیش 10 ساعت

    F-16 was amazing because our allies could afford it it could carry a lot of Ordnance external fuel tanks and it was in fight refillable

  22. Andre Williams

    Andre Williamsپیش 10 ساعت

    F-16 with a pocket rocket, and in a knife fight with a MIG oh, I think I would have 16 I can fight my way out of it with 7 minutes I can fight my way out of it,

  23. Andre Williams

    Andre Williamsپیش 10 ساعت

    F-16 was the first fighter that use composite material and the rudder and they extended the program every year so it has a lot of composite and it was the first fly-by-wire fighter at least I think I might be right

  24. Andre Williams

    Andre Williamsپیش 10 ساعت

    A lot of infrastructure that went into the building of the F-16 should be extended and followed by future aircraft manufacturers we need to be able to manufacture our aircraft in the United States in the event of hostilities, we're not going to ship it to France ship it to Germany ship it to Turkey ship it to what I want and then I think we're going to put together when we're under attack

  25. James Oversteer

    James Oversteerپیش 10 ساعت

    I am immeasurably jealous.

  26. Andre Williams

    Andre Williamsپیش 10 ساعت

    All the astronauts from what I understand they used to fly to t-38 when they wanted to go to another city or something cuz they need to move around that fast

  27. Derrick Olson

    Derrick Olsonپیش 10 ساعت

    How could anyone thumbs down this?! I was enthralled the entire time. Great stuff here

  28. Luke Sanchez

    Luke Sanchezپیش 11 ساعت

    Everything about getting in the jet and the traditions is so badass

  29. Mark Bisson

    Mark Bissonپیش 11 ساعت

    Seeing all those fit people made me feel even more fat.

  30. Scope_ _Z0n3__

    Scope_ _Z0n3__پیش 11 ساعت

    Was he actually flying?

  31. Hackcam

    Hackcamپیش 11 ساعت

    Mark Rober: Makes cool squirrel obstacle course. Dustin: *GOING SUPERSONIC IN AN F16*

  32. Tob0bby Boy

    Tob0bby Boyپیش 11 ساعت

    Your slo-mo sound designer is the most impressive human on earth

  33. redge76

    redge76پیش 11 ساعت

    speed of sound depends on temperature. Not pressure. So speed of sound is lower at higher altitudes because usually temperature is lower at higher altitudes. but that's not always true. Temperature is sometime lower at lower altitudes....

  34. Charles Paul

    Charles Paulپیش 11 ساعت


  35. A H

    A Hپیش 11 ساعت

    What an awesome group of people.

  36. Patrick Svatek

    Patrick Svatekپیش 11 ساعت

    I move in Spanish Fort Alabama across the bay of Mobile so I’m gonna live pretty close to where you live Dustin

  37. L Clarke

    L Clarkeپیش 12 ساعت

    Destin, you are the man....in many ways.

  38. Benji 0399

    Benji 0399پیش 12 ساعت

    Till <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="450">7:30</a> I thought he was riding his own second plane.

  39. Justin Coleman

    Justin Colemanپیش 12 ساعت

    Really bewildered that this video has any dislikes. Some people just don't appreciate amazing stuff I guess. Keep it up Destin, your channel is probably my favorite on IRgos 👍

  40. 4ur3n

    4ur3nپیش 12 ساعت

    great episode :)


    JOSEPH ASWATHپیش 12 ساعت

    Just realised that this video is almost half an hour long.

  42. Andrea Botti

    Andrea Bottiپیش 12 ساعت

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="550">9:10</a> nice

  43. Ahmes Syahda

    Ahmes Syahdaپیش 12 ساعت

    this absolute unit can carry the whole grocery in one go

  44. Óscar López

    Óscar Lópezپیش 12 ساعت

    The best video of a "second seat passenger" I have ever seen. And I have seen a lot!!

  45. I Cure Coronavirus

    I Cure Coronavirusپیش 12 ساعت

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1493">24:53</a> Flat earthers be real quiet

  46. abcd xx

    abcd xxپیش 13 ساعت

    wov cap spook got his ears cut

  47. Eric Haberthier

    Eric Haberthierپیش 13 ساعت

    Is it objectively okay to just give this a like before I even watch it? Can I just assume the obvious and have everyone be okay with that?

  48. The Christian Life

    The Christian Lifeپیش 13 ساعت

    Great video Dustin! You explained this very complex information in a way that I could understand (sort of.. not being too confident here haha). Also sweet how you taught the important lesson about humility. Love the verse you referenced to; "For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”" Luke <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="851">14:11</a>. Blessings brother.

  49. going riding Reynolds

    going riding Reynoldsپیش 13 ساعت

    Did you know that the blue angels don't wear g suits and the blue angels fly way closer then the thunderbirds

  50. Guapo Chapo

    Guapo Chapoپیش 13 ساعت

    pitot tubes.... Gacs bread and butter.... also their nightmare

  51. Torsten Behrendt

    Torsten Behrendtپیش 13 ساعت

    One might forget what these planes are built for .... but still it's cool ;-)

  52. Brenden Stahl

    Brenden Stahlپیش 13 ساعت

    Is this simalar to the blue angels

  53. Kurtownia

    Kurtowniaپیش 14 ساعت

    Being an arcade War Thunder player I'm sort of an expert on the subject, and I have to say pulling even 12Gs is easy and those Thunderbirds are clearly noobs! /s

  54. Tivis7

    Tivis7پیش 14 ساعت

    That moment when your studying to pass a random 107 test and suddenly know what the confusing naps means

  55. Some Maxiboy

    Some Maxiboyپیش 14 ساعت

    Alright THAT'S IT - I honestly was SO close to win a flight/ride-along in a Swedish JAS 39 Gripen about 12 years ago and then one of my favorite youtube profiles does this? Give me a break and send me the tickets please!

  56. JJW_180

    JJW_180پیش 14 ساعت

    I just want one of those models

  57. Trace Veteto

    Trace Vetetoپیش 14 ساعت

    Man,,, You're name was on the side of a Thunderbird... How is that NOT a major Pic? lol

  58. Graeme Hunter

    Graeme Hunterپیش 14 ساعت

    So they're the American Red Arrows

  59. Chazz Summer

    Chazz Summerپیش 14 ساعت

    Forgot the No Smoking Sign inside the canopy

  60. HalfMan HalfDalorian

    HalfMan HalfDalorianپیش 14 ساعت

    Destin: destroying the myth that people from Alabama are dumber than a sack of rocks one video at a time! My mother's from Alabama, btw, and so are 8 of my aunt's, 5 of my uncles, 79 of my cousins, and all 183 of their kids!

  61. Manuel Manolo

    Manuel Manoloپیش 14 ساعت

    As much as I envy you you did that I don't envy you.

  62. HandymanBill

    HandymanBillپیش 14 ساعت

    Destin, ... I ... I got no words, man. Thank you. Thank you for sharing such an amazing experience with me. You did not have to be so open and honest about it, but you did it anyway. You didn't have to be so humble about it, but you were anyway. You don't have to share half the things you do, and you don't have to be as thorough and considerate as you are when you assemble this content. You don't have to do any of it, but you do it anyway, and I'm really glad you do. Thank you, Destin. Thank you very much.

  63. Jeroen Visser

    Jeroen Visserپیش 14 ساعت

    @Destin, thank you so much for this episode, learned so much, and ofcourse deep respect for pulling so much G’s after 3 I would have gone out!

  64. Maks Pushka

    Maks Pushkaپیش 14 ساعت


  65. OliverSPENCER_YT

    OliverSPENCER_YTپیش 15 ساعت


  66. Ozan Müyesseroğlu

    Ozan Müyesseroğluپیش 15 ساعت

    You may not be a pilot but I think you're awesome, though they're cooler (because of the air, you get the joke right?) :D

  67. Calvin Stargaard

    Calvin Stargaardپیش 15 ساعت

    Great video man!

  68. fishhisy

    fishhisyپیش 15 ساعت

    Boeing outfitted several Vipers to be remotely controlled target drones, so now you can break the Viper.



    I want to fly supersonic bad



    And on concorde it was nice at mach, 2.2

  71. Hudrebnea Tepreiathil

    Hudrebnea Tepreiathilپیش 15 ساعت

    A couple of months ago I had two of my friends spin me in a small playground carousel and I wanted to see how long I could spin without getting nauseous. When they stopped me, my eyes did exactly the same as Destin's did and I had the same reaction of disorientation and asking them if I was still spinning. Thank you for explaining the cause.

  72. vedant dave

    vedant daveپیش 15 ساعت

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1678">27:58</a> Life lesson for any field, Why?, because I realized some reasons for my continuous failure. Thanks a lot. I could not fly in air with plane but there is an opportunity for flying in life. - I know too much phylosofic. Have a nice time. Thank you.

  73. JTGTV

    JTGTVپیش 15 ساعت

    Thank you for showing that the chair force is awesome.

  74. Jake G.

    Jake G.پیش 15 ساعت

    Ayy, I was born on Keesler AFB!!

  75. K L

    K Lپیش 16 ساعت

    I graduated at USA (short for the University of South Alabama) every spring break we got a chance to go down to Pensacola to see the blue angle and thunderbird perform and it crazy feeling and excitement. Even though we went there every year, but every time we still feel excited to see these birds fly by above our heads.

  76. Favian Vazquez

    Favian Vazquezپیش 16 ساعت

    My brother is in the Air Force (in Mississippi)

  77. Tshedza Munyai

    Tshedza Munyaiپیش 16 ساعت

    Why did you decline the glasses?

  78. Rayyan

    Rayyanپیش 16 ساعت

    This is awesome!

  79. xXGhost LeadXx

    xXGhost LeadXxپیش 16 ساعت

    LUL.. "pedo tube"

  80. Jim De Francisco

    Jim De Franciscoپیش 16 ساعت

    Man that was awesome. Bravo.

  81. Sindri Úlfsson

    Sindri Úlfssonپیش 16 ساعت

    "Need my headback? That's when uhh- You don't need your headback necessarily [breath] uh, but that's when you're gonna start um, applying your G-string."

  82. Magnate Frank

    Magnate Frankپیش 16 ساعت

    Lucky man!

  83. SDG1855

    SDG1855پیش 17 ساعت

    The demonstration shortly after <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1230">20:30</a> blows my mind. Thank you for this

  84. Michael Matthews

    Michael Matthewsپیش 17 ساعت

    If anyone is wondering, the tube that measures the air pressure is spelled pitot tube.

  85. Michael Matthews

    Michael Matthewsپیش 17 ساعت

    Destin just vaping in the back seat during takeoff