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, 2019 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

    SmarterEveryDay12 күн мурун

    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. BippityboppityBOO

    BippityboppityBOO2 саат мурун

    @Quinn Sams make some noise

  3. Quinn Sams

    Quinn Sams2 саат мурун

    They all talk so smooth

  4. BippityboppityBOO

    BippityboppityBOOКүн мурун

    This video was the opportunity of a lifetime

  5. fikir kassie

    fikir kassie2 күн мурун


  6. Tony Z.

    Tony Z.2 күн мурун

    I watched the entire video with a big smile on my face. A m a z i n g topic!!! :-))) Greetings from Slovakia!

  7. Quinn Sams

    Quinn Sams2 саат мурун

    Bruh KGgo really didn’t send the video to my subscriptions

  8. Julio Cesar Romero Perez

    Julio Cesar Romero Perez2 саат мурун


  9. Matthew Crosby

    Matthew Crosby3 саат мурун

    ben aFLACK

  10. The Pig

    The Pig3 саат мурун

    Pedo tube xd

  11. Michele Bovero

    Michele Bovero4 саат мурун

    That was incredible!

  12. Ray

    Ray4 саат мурун

    How do you even get in touch with these people?

  13. useless player

    useless player4 саат мурун

    Κάντε λαικ όσοι είστε Έλληνες να νομίζουν ότι είπα κάτι εξηπνο

  14. Naim Ibrahimi

    Naim Ibrahimi5 саат мурун

    Nice video 👍 loved it 👏

  15. Mihir Patel

    Mihir Patel5 саат мурун

    Man, 🇺🇸 is just great. So many great people!!

  16. K McC

    K McC5 саат мурун

    "How many times can I use the word head in a video with fighter pilots?"

  17. Warren Meyer

    Warren Meyer5 саат мурун

    I think she was also saying not to be so hard on yourself, you managed to sustain 7.2g's. You did amazing! Thanks for such an incredible video!

  18. Yeee 01

    Yeee 015 саат мурун

    Okay KGgo, I watched it

  19. EmperorOfSparta

    EmperorOfSparta6 саат мурун

    is it possible that you vomit in the mask?

  20. T Lloyd

    T Lloyd6 саат мурун

    I took a back seat ride in an F-105 training run at Ft Sill Oklahoma. It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. I was ok from the 10,000ft to 1,000ft. Still ok at 5,000ft to 500ft. What got me was the strafing run. My vision went to looking through a toilet paper roll. They have to pull hard to keep from catching a ricochet and shooting yourself down. Not sure how many g’s but enough. I can’t begin to imagine an F-16.

  21. OrionM43

    OrionM436 саат мурун

    @Destin, I am a 65 year old man, in greater Birmingham. I am always amazed at the experiences you share here via your videos. I would really enjoy the opportunity to meet you in person, while you are working on one of your fascinating projects. Who knows, stranger things have happened! Take good care, Destin, and Godspeed! Jack

  22. DE Plinker

    DE Plinker7 саат мурун

    “If I don't approach each new experience with an appropriate balance between confidence and humility, there's a good chance I'm going to be humbled by force.” That statement is profound, but even getting humbled by force doesn't make you look stupid... it just makes you humble. :) You and the work you do through your videos is outstanding. I have little doubt that over time you will continue to inspire young minds to do great things later in life, and that, outside of your own family, will be your greatest legacy.

  23. Chris

    Chris7 саат мурун

    Also, the S maneuver. when the pilot said "here come the g's", he said it as he was starting it. If he had said it before, (like he said he was going to do,) and had given Destin time to get ready, he could have done the 9 G's

  24. Laurence Browning

    Laurence Browning7 саат мурун

    Hey mom I can carry all the groceries, can I ride in an F16 viper and experience 5 G’s? I think I’m ready now.😂😂


    HASSAN BO7 саат мурун

    Come On D ain't this Coooool?

  26. Derro0

    Derro07 саат мурун

    Destin that was one of the best videos I've ever seen. The personality factor is impressivly good demonstrated and I really learned a lot here today about confidence and humility 👌 Thanks!

  27. Chris

    Chris7 саат мурун

    What was the banging noise when he was pulling the G's

  28. Chaitanya Athawle

    Chaitanya Athawle7 саат мурун

    Great words man .. 👍👍👍

  29. Hehe Tymen

    Hehe Tymen7 саат мурун

    Lmao am I the only one who pressed into the toilet seat and clenched when he'd say, "here come the Gs?"

  30. noilex

    noilex7 саат мурун

    You might end up missing out on opportunities, if you you don't have the confidence to face your limits and learn from them. I know it's difficult in practice, but anxiety since childhood has taught me that lesson in life;) Thanks for a great video as always;)


    ABDUL RUSYAIDI7 саат мурун

    Awesome video

  32. Chris

    Chris7 саат мурун

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="376">6:16</a> the moment when destin realized his name was on an F-16

  33. ProfessorData 1701D

    ProfessorData 1701D7 саат мурун

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="233">3:53</a> i thought he said 67 g and i was like that would kill you.

  34. ミイルザ[MiilkT]

    ミイルザ[MiilkT]7 саат мурун

    Ah yes. Join the US Airforce

  35. H5-Phil

    H5-Phil7 саат мурун

    That was a fantastic video/demonstration!!!

  36. MusiX

    MusiX7 саат мурун

    bro can you tell me how to apply nasa

  37. Riley Carey

    Riley Carey8 саат мурун

    anybody think that the fighter that hes in looks like the lazer in gta

  38. Jeff Clark

    Jeff Clark8 саат мурун

    Mad respect for our pilots, and Destin also... I woulda tapped out at the 16,000 ft climb lol.

  39. CyLo

    CyLo8 саат мурун

    Have you though to change your username to Cooler Every Day? :DD

  40. shaggyrock5

    shaggyrock59 саат мурун

    And it always ended with Luke <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="851">14:11</a> What a video! Mind blowing!

  41. FinestSeven

    FinestSeven9 саат мурун

    So Destin, is this video a weapon?

  42. shaggyrock5

    shaggyrock59 саат мурун

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1308">21:48</a> Oh my God! That is vertigo! One of the worst experiences I have ever had! I won't have good memories of this video.But it is awesome!

  43. Amlan mihir kiran

    Amlan mihir kiran9 саат мурун

    why would you decline the Aviators dude ????

  44. Carlos Castellanos

    Carlos Castellanos9 саат мурун

    "If I don't approach each new experience with an appropriate balance between confidence and humility, there's a good chance I'm gonna be humbled by force" True truth, thanks for sharing, thanks for reminding us through your experience.

  45. shaggyrock5

    shaggyrock59 саат мурун

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="484">8:04</a> I could feel the butterflies in my stomach!

  46. Nathan Miller

    Nathan Miller9 саат мурун

    Nice video. I like the commentary.

  47. GK KG

    GK KG9 саат мурун

    Great Share. Very Humbling... thanks!

  48. Alex Brehm

    Alex Brehm10 саат мурун

    Is it like that’s ride we’re your spinning fast Iike I couldn’t lift my head at all but it was fun

  49. tragan 147

    tragan 14710 саат мурун

    Love your videos Destin . I really wish you could upload more ;) and man you are blessed to be able to do all the things you do 🙏

  50. Abel Cruz

    Abel Cruz11 саат мурун

    I love this guy. I dont know why.

  51. abbsnn cose

    abbsnn cose10 саат мурун

    something about actually smaller neck s?

  52. Ouno

    Ouno11 саат мурун

    Don't let this distract you from the fact that Mr Krabs daughter is a whale

  53. abbsnn cose

    abbsnn cose10 саат мурун

    I actually saw a documentary once , where the flight medicine experts said that women / female pilots tend to be able tolerate G's better because of generally smaller stature

  54. YeipiTV

    YeipiTV11 саат мурун

    Felicitaciones, eres muy afortunado de poder vivir esas experiencias

  55. Voice of REASON

    Voice of REASON12 саат мурун

    That's what they look for in a DUI test (why you can't really beat the pen test) 😁that eye movement after he spun!!

  56. Liam McKessy

    Liam McKessy12 саат мурун

    He got control of the sticks :,)

  57. Adityansh

    Adityansh12 саат мурун

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="491">8:11</a> Flat earthers be like :- "The sky is a paid actor"

  58. D Higley

    D Higley13 саат мурун

    Ive felt 5g’s on an extreme rollercoaster, i couldnt imagine 7.2 let alone 9. I couldnt make much noise at 5, its hard to move at 4

  59. Magnum PI

    Magnum PI13 саат мурун

    Call sign "Mace"..9G beast mode 💯👌

  60. Tim Mac

    Tim Mac14 саат мурун

    I'll never look at you as a real man again

  61. GoodLifeMedicine

    GoodLifeMedicine14 саат мурун

    The lesson for all of us is to let things roll. Destin feels a sense of failure for tapping out after 7.2 G. What he does not realize, and what none of us subjectively realize, is that the world's opinion of us is an integration of the totality of our performances, not just the most recent, and not just the one we have over-elevated for ourselves. Completing all the maneuvers was his goal and he missed it, but no one noticed and no one cares. What we care about is that Destin did another awesome thing and taught us the science of it. It takes a lifetime to learn to "take it easy on yourself."

  62. Saucy Lad

    Saucy Lad14 саат мурун

    I'm 21 yrs old, since I was a kid my father and I wants me to be an actual US airforce. I don't have my parents now with me my father died, I just live with my aunties and experiencing maltreatment. I'm a college student, rotc officer, athlete, standing 5'9 weighing 74kg. I'm hoping someone can help me to join airforce. I'm literally willing to do everything and give everything I have for this profession, it is my only dream.

  63. guppyboy69

    guppyboy6914 саат мурун

    You did really well Destin, talking about those semi-circular canals, due to Meniere's Disease mine over fill with fluid and a "sudden" 1.1 G turn makes me feel like you did in the chair, I also get to experience 9 G when I impact the floor as a result!

  64. Croxii

    Croxii15 саат мурун

    i knew 5g was making people feel weird!!

  65. KwakaZX10R

    KwakaZX10R15 саат мурун

    That was truly EPIC!!!

  66. madboss73

    madboss7315 саат мурун

    Quick suggestion, when you pour shower gel or anything like that into you hand, sometimes it like, shoots out in a random direction with a fair velocity. Always was intrigued with it. It's kinda like the honey coil, but it doesn't could, it just shoots

  67. USNVA11

    USNVA1115 саат мурун

    He could have pulled those extra two g’s if he had used Dr. Squatch.

  68. Alpha Geek

    Alpha Geek16 саат мурун

    My military brain keeps wanting to yell at him his hair is out of regs. Hair touching the ears <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1551">25:51</a>. Great video though.

  69. Andrew Sturman

    Andrew Sturman17 саат мурун

    I actually saw a documentary once , where the flight medicine experts said that women / female pilots tend to be able tolerate G's better because of generally smaller stature and something about actually smaller neck s?

  70. Phildo

    Phildo17 саат мурун

    Yeah the whole pumping & squeezing of the lower body is the key thing to keep your blood in the brain bc under those high Gs the blood like the body is also pushed down & we all know when the brain is lacking blood and oxygen it’s “goodnight Irene”

  71. Bruce Dog

    Bruce Dog17 саат мурун

    Great content again, such a high standard, which is really appreciated. Big support from the UK..,

  72. BiggMike 4200

    BiggMike 420017 саат мурун

    I might have a stupid question but can't fire have a shadow?

  73. Phildo

    Phildo17 саат мурун

    I wouldn’t say you’re “not awesome” bc imo & I’m sure I’m not the only 1 that thinks you’re awesome for teaching viewers so much in videos by putting it into relatively easy to understand words & examples! I know myself I’m 34 & still love to watch bc although I went to college theres just something’s they don’t teach you. Congrats on the flight man! That had to be 1 of the greatest things to be able to do!

  74. Nuke Em

    Nuke Em17 саат мурун

    Fascinating. I got on my motorcycle that had been laid up for a while. Throttle was a bit high. Took off & nearly passed out 😎

  75. ZeshXD

    ZeshXD17 саат мурун

    Hey, i'm miles away from their abilities but the last sentences you say about staying not overconfident is a key in my job, that's train driver in Belgium. Even if you know the railway, the locomotives or the machine, you HAVE to remind you that's you're an human, you COULD make a mistake but you CANNOT. That's a true lesson of life. I hope my English isn't so bad :P Cheers, you did well up there ! ;)

  76. ZeshXD

    ZeshXD17 саат мурун

    Imagine how difficult it should be to FIGHT and stay conscious doing all sort of figures... Woah

  77. C Doe

    C Doe17 саат мурун

    How is this video not sponsored by the US Air Force? How much did you pay (out of pocket) to take that joyride? I think you owe each American tax payer for desponsering this video.

  78. Diwakar

    Diwakar18 саат мурун

    You should've taken the sunglasses bruh! Air God didn't like that.

  79. Diwakar

    Diwakar18 саат мурун

    It's okay to feel stupid once in a while.

  80. Gofa Gopro

    Gofa Gopro18 саат мурун

    Why are all fighter pilots good looking?

  81. Gabriel Felix Muñoz

    Gabriel Felix Muñoz19 саат мурун

    really disappointed you didn't say much about the boom, like how it happens, when, if it happens, what needs to happen for it to happen. there's little to no information about it

  82. Jorge Piedra

    Jorge Piedra20 саат мурун

    I loved the video! Saludos desde adelantito de las nagas

  83. Gabriel Felix Muñoz

    Gabriel Felix Muñoz20 саат мурун

    no. lateral Gs are not the same as vertical Gs!!!!!!

  84. Ethan Carey

    Ethan Carey20 саат мурун

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="401">6:41</a> that should be a tic tic dance

  85. Horsedog20

    Horsedog2021 саат мурун

    I dig mace!!!

  86. Soup

    Soup21 саат мурун

    Pilot: "So how many stunts do you want to do?" SED: "Sure"

  87. Marc von Holzen

    Marc von Holzen21 саат мурун

    Great conclusion, and neat video. Thank you!