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

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    1. SmarterEveryDay

      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

      1. Gaurav Singh

        There is insect right above your head see at 19:32 minute.

      2. Stevie Jo

        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!

      3. Brett G

        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.

      4. Rob Gaming

        At Stinson airport

      5. Rob Gaming

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

    2. askjerry

      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.)

    3. yudha hardiansyah

      Being destin is a dream come true situation

    4. board flow

      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

    5. Peter Gunn

      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 the core of this trait lies in their observation of those who came before them. Of course there will always be a bad nut in the batch but those people tend to get weeded out by attrition. Another reason may be their understanding of the position they hold. They appreciate their unique position in that their are only small numbers employed in their field. This brings about a bond among them which is where humility is an established trait among their peers.

    6. joey

      if its going to blow up why dont make it stronger

    7. The Paradox

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

    8. Dat Dang

      <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

    9. Redmi 4x

      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!

    10. Steve Blackbird

      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!

    11. dolimi jotoo

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

      1. dolimi jotoo

        Couldn't watch this video for a week because i was too jealous, awesome stuff!

    12. Giant_alex

      This was awesome to watch!!!!!

    13. -Keith- _EA1381_

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

    14. Iulian David

      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!

    15. Raihan Firdaus

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1302">21:42</a> lol

    16. Hazem Boyoyk

      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

    17. Scott Rogan

      Hey D, as usual fantastic vid. Love the life lesson. Hope you and your family are doing well! :)

    18. 4inksempire

      Gerald Butler did a 9.3 gs. So many inspiring people out here on YT

    19. Taha Falahati

      I was awesome watching this

    20. YoChilzzy insta

      Fan boy

    21. Bryan Nyabuto

      You have some of the most educational, yet interesting content. Who thought physics could be this interesting!

    22. Etta victor

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

    23. Greg Stevenson

      But what about the flux capacitor? I bet it was being worked on. Maybe next time.

    24. Bron Cinzah

      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. 💙

    25. Koaasst

      i keep hearing pedo tube

    26. PilotRU

      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,

    27. Luca Greig

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

    28. Daniel DC88

      Couldn't watch this video for a week because i was too jealous, awesome stuff!

    29. BunZ20 :V

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="220">3:40</a> Matured Grown Men being Teenage Nerds

    30. B70

      That was very 😎.

    31. Jo Sett

      Isn’t when your vision shrinks called tunnel vision

    32. Marcus Diaz

      just watching this gives me anxiety 😂

    33. Project Yeti

      Tom Cruise would run circles round this guy though.

    34. Isaac Butterworth

      Your really smart man definitely do your research on these it’s great to watch

    35. Nikesh Jain

      Next video about nuclear spaceships ?

    36. Chris Alucard

      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

    37. Angry Dimsum

      dude im so jealous of you! you got to fly in an awesome aircraft AND THEY PUT YOUR NAME ON IT !!!!!!!!!!

      1. Angry Dimsum

        super sonics the compression of air, super... spacial? the compression of space! IM A GENIUS

      2. Angry Dimsum

        ive figured it out, to develop bigger balls of steel, pull higher g's

    38. Kane McIntyre

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

    39. Zean Pike

      Hey Destin! Wondering where you get you thunderbirds models from? When your flexing with them I can't resist.

    40. UKdaddy Dave

      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

    41. Tyler Howe

      “I’m in the back suffering, it was incredible!!”

    42. Akotski1338

      I’m about to have an anxiety attack just watching this. I can’t imagine actually being there

    43. 642 Stunts

      Rip snow bird 🦢

    44. M G

      Destin, I think you have the flight date a year off. Keesler AFB has the date as May 3, 2019, not 2018.

    45. Anna

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

    46. john mcgovern

      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.

    47. Randy Francis

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

    48. Patrick Ng

      Super entertaining and informative episode... 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

    49. john mcgovern

      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.

    50. Gufful

      Airforce? Bruh I don’t even have legs.

    51. john mcgovern

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

    52. FullSendFeyo

      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.

    53. The Greek Physik

      Talking about vertigo

    54. PinBall Wizard

      _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_*

    55. FuryXHD PC

      Warning warning.....ok...

    56. joseph eapen

      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

    57. Yes Sir

      What happens if the pilot blacks out 🤦‍♂️

    58. ma va

      The explanation of the pitot tube (altitude & speed) at match 1 ... Was really cool.

    59. blaizify

      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!

    60. Isaiah Holland

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

    61. Chris71379

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

    62. Kevin Honeywell

      Beautifully explained. The flight video was fantastic as well. The excitement culminated in me as well.

    63. Jacob Elder

      Thanks for the Bible verse

    64. Chris Weatherly

      So jealous!

    65. Vikash Raju

      thank you so much for sharing this experience. So amazing to watch.

    66. Haze_ Matthews

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

    67. Jonathon Reimer

      Me in war thunder putting 14 g’s on my pilot

    68. Boyka

      Awesome 👍

    69. Steven 2gen

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

    70. Cxmmlol

      Pilot : We will test you to see what you can take Smarter: I can take all the groceries in on 1 go

    71. Oded Seraph

      amazing

    72. Gary Prince

      Well... to start with you are pretty assume! ))) Nice video, they are always so full of useful information. Thank you ! )))

    73. Scootes

      this looks soo cool, hope i get a flight in a jet when I join the RAF

    74. Elliott Bradley

      lol I'm dizzy just looking at this video

    75. Little Kerbonaut

      Once that cockpit roof is down there is no going back. I am not a pilot of course.

    76. J M

      ...so we call it "the deck" now? allllrighty

    77. David Joseph

      Such an experience wow . I know a f18 pilot now retired , i better understand what these top gun pilots need to do .Amazing video Thank you for sharing this experience.

    78. immikeurnot

      Aw, yeah. Split S. Or as I think of it; the Reverse Immelmann. Though my favorite has always been the Cuban Eight.

    79. Zarul Haikal

      Please do more video like this.Please

    80. Van's Best Friend

      I was in the Marine Corps where we are used to always thinking we're badass. But, these AirForce guys are flat out BADASS!!!!!!!!!!