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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  • 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

    SmarterEveryDaySmarterEveryDay14 ngày trước
    • Hi all. I wonder if small pilots have an easier time dealing with high G-forces compared to tall pilots. My reasoning is that short people can gain higher power-to-weight ratios than tall people do. Given equal fitness levels, small pilots would be lighter than large/tall pilots and they'd have less weight to support during hard G pulls and more strength to do so. Are there physicists or engineers out there that could tell me if I have a point or not?

      Marco PlebaniMarco Plebani22 giờ trước
    • The RedBull Air Racers pull 12gs in a turn, but only for moments. G's are harder to handle when you're a passenger. Good job on 7.2!

      Maxwell Power Services LlcMaxwell Power Services LlcNgày trước
    • What an incredible experience! life changing and life affirming for sure, lucky guy

      mojorising0071950mojorising0071950Ngày trước
    • You seem to be a total douche.

      Dave MoneyDave MoneyNgày trước
    • i long ago went through most of USAF flight training & myself flew the Cessna T-37 jet & never ever forgot that incredible experience. Not near supersonic but for me plenty fast & being fully acrobatic & do recall pulling lesser G's probably a max of 5 - & always since wondered until now about the supersonic experience I never had. Your's is a wonderful video in so many ways - truly teriffic & finally filled me in with distinct & thrilling pleasure to say nothing of new knowledge which is certain to impact my next images as artist in NYC. bill rabinovitch on FB.

      Bill RabinovitchBill Rabinovitch2 ngày trước
  • "You put my name on it!!"

    Eric WottonEric Wotton4 giờ trước
  • thanks for that video, really great content ! Peace from France !

    elliotelliot5 giờ trước
  • This video was cool and all, but they didn't explain where in the F-16 they put in the Chaos Emeralds, nor did I see them turn yellow and sparkling...

    Kara NoelleKara Noelle5 giờ trước
  • When you stumble upon this video accidentally, and you watch to the end cuz it's THAT interesting!

    Roy KortewegRoy Korteweg6 giờ trước
  • i end up dizzy just by watching.. what more!!!

    Meliodas MangubatMeliodas Mangubat7 giờ trước
  • interesante video!!

    Jaime A. ZarateJaime A. Zarate8 giờ trước
    • i know

      ivan rainsivan rains7 giờ trước
  • I feel ya Destin... lol...... I'll never forget when I first got stationed at Nellis in 76 and I got to go up in #8 when they first got the F-16 (in 83) after the T 38's crashed in Jan 82.... what an experience !!

    FrmrGmanFrmrGman8 giờ trước
  • What day did you fly? I've been at Keesler for just over two months now, i didn't know there was an air show

    AllordAllord8 giờ trước
  • It's so cool I could feel it It's my dream to have such experience

    Ali Tahrei Sh.Ali Tahrei Sh.8 giờ trước
  • You pulling Gs bro? Lol awsome video. Love the channel. Love the honest facts....

    Leon MegerdichianLeon Megerdichian9 giờ trước
  • What actor does Flack look like

    MOJOMOJO9 giờ trước
  • Sick!! this is the best episode ever👌👍.

    david prendergastdavid prendergast10 giờ trước
  • Flack: the epitome of a chad

    ZEKe TAYONEZEKe TAYONE11 giờ trước
  • I was a F16 crew chief 2004-2009. Brings back memories. Lucky you that you got a ride and can bring it to everyone at home. I sadly never got a ride. I still hope one day. Keep up the great work. Cheers

    Ralph pereaRalph perea11 giờ trước
  • Thanks for a great video! Have to see your others! What’s that thing to the right of your map on the wall w the blinking light? Only things I could think of is binary clock or something theyd use on lost in space or Star Trek (looks high tech but just blindly lights?

    Becky StoneBecky Stone11 giờ trước
  • you look like Shmee150 ... cousin by anychance

    Khrieluotuo KireKhrieluotuo Kire11 giờ trước
  • Meanwhile: me missing my shot in war thunder at pulling a casual 29g's to shoot again

    Pivot BoyPivot Boy12 giờ trước
  • What is the name of the aerodynamic book?

    Nestor RamirezNestor Ramirez12 giờ trước
  • I go supersonic in my 86 chevy on the way to the grocery store.....puh leaze.

    cheatham85cheatham8513 giờ trước
  • Can we see the video of you flying the plane would of been a cool add on

    nick palenick pale13 giờ trước
  • I thought you had to have all seven Chaos Emeralds to go super sonic haha thank you. thank you.

    Gibd0Gibd013 giờ trước
  • i think my war thunder pilot is dead after 29 gs

    The Youtube AlgorithmThe Youtube Algorithm13 giờ trước
  • Humbling knowing your limitations.

    William HartmannWilliam Hartmann13 giờ trước
  • My palms are sweaty.

    See One, Do OneSee One, Do One13 giờ trước
  • I feel so smart now... time to flex on my family. 😎

    LostMotionsLostMotions13 giờ trước
  • I can relate in this way. I did a fam flight in a glider - never been up in the air before - and I learned that my physiology and mental state does four things. The excitement kicks in, the realization that this is absolutely real and the adrenaline starts flowing, the feeling of dread washes over you, and then finally the anticipation just before you start rolling. I don't know what that combination of feeling is called, but there's nothing like that anywhere else. The other neat thing about a kinfe edge maneuver is the pilot has to add a bit of down elevator to compensate for the lift vector of both the wings and the body in order to keep a straight line. If he didn't, it would turn into a gradual turn towards canopy. Since it's performed at a lower altitude, the pilot has to input more down elevator because as you mentioned it - higher density at that altitude.

    gaptoofgrannygaptoofgranny14 giờ trước
  • i can guess your 35kg head was unusable

    Terence EdwardsTerence Edwards15 giờ trước
  • Haha Destin's body for the 8 point roll was like a crash dummy😂😂😂😂

    Mr DeanMr Dean15 giờ trước
  • I think pulling negative g’s would’ve been a cool manoeuvre to do.

    NetcaldNetcald15 giờ trước
  • The way he says “here comes the g’s” is so sensual and I can picture johnny sins saying that

    Jonas HorlacherJonas Horlacher15 giờ trước
  • “You put my name on it?” 😂

    The Grim Racer8The Grim Racer815 giờ trước
  • It’s very satisfying hey ? I was taken up in a tornado during my JTAC course, was bonkers dude to be honest.

    Edwin DudeEdwin Dude16 giờ trước
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="206">3:26</a>

    YouTube's shit holeYouTube's shit hole16 giờ trước
  • lets watch them burn your tax dollars up

    YouTube's shit holeYouTube's shit hole16 giờ trước
  • Are you a pilot?

    pointyhairedbushpointyhairedbush16 giờ trước
  • @smartereveryday you'll get another chance at a 9G maneuver my brother!

    Kyle LloydKyle Lloyd16 giờ trước
  • Far better than any of the typical PR ride along videos. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

    BobButcherAKBobButcherAK17 giờ trước
  • Dude imagine getting knocked out in a fighter jet in mis air 😳

    Tim SchuitTim Schuit17 giờ trước
  • welcome to anothwe episode of where quarantine takes me

    lenndieluschelenndielusche17 giờ trước
  • The moon landing people. The moon landing.

    David KimDavid Kim18 giờ trước
  • Super soni let's go

    Zach AmosZach Amos19 giờ trước
  • i would literally donate a liver for doing this, unfortunately I don‘t think you are allowed to fly a jet with only 1 liver :(

    Bondman007Bondman00719 giờ trước
  • Destin, your videos are amazing. I really appreciate the work you put into them and the easy to understand explanations of the science behind what is happening. Thank you so much! Been a fan for years now.

    Dave SmithDave Smith19 giờ trước
  • Have to say that I was nervous when he claimed up that ladder lol😂😂

    lol lollol lol19 giờ trước
  • Since we are mostly science loving people are, lets get reminded that democracy can just bound those incredible machines to only reasonable deeds, i mean guys, i love that stuff but, it is just built to destroy gracefully so it scares me so deeply. Say no to the US foreign policy around the planet, its your army, your people, your money, so you should decide what would be the life of those fighters and humble superhumans. Peace

    Mohammed MekkawyMohammed Mekkawy19 giờ trước
  • How come I wasn’t following you before 😱 man that’s a dream experience.

    Ibrahim AwwadIbrahim Awwad19 giờ trước
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="134">2:14</a> : looks like the guy from "We are number one!" xD

    Hanno PenningHanno Penning19 giờ trước
  • Rafale : 9 to 11G, 5.5G with maximum load. And it is it's sustained.. Yeah... US Air Force REALLY need to stop thinking that the F-16 is still a good aircraft... Well, it is, it WAS, don't get me wrong, but when you make a quick comparison with newer fighters or Omnirole.... ehh.... The F-16 can do 9 G's, but it's PEAK Like I said, it's a good aircraft but.... stop thinking it's the best....

    RexeitRexeit19 giờ trước
  • That guy looks like a fighter pilot.

    ATMATM19 giờ trước
  • Royal Air Force Red Arrows - 'cute' ...!

    Stefan LeggottStefan Leggott19 giờ trước
  • If I was there.. as soon as I saw the jet I would’ve shitted myself

    LemonLemon20 giờ trước
  • You declined a pair of Aviators from the Air Force? You moron!

    Stefan LeggottStefan Leggott21 giờ trước
  • When you learn about Bernoulli and the Pitot tubes in school

    zaxos labropouloszaxos labropoulos21 giờ trước
  • Oh, I do 16g in war thunder

    GbombMrGbombMr21 giờ trước
  • Extremely impressed with the science behind g forces..superbly explained..

    Viral ModyViral Mody21 giờ trước
  • When I fractured my skull I couldn't go on swings of spin round left temporal something plus a cyst in the left trigon. My vestibular system is messed up big time now 😩😥. I broke my neck and suffered chiari malformation and need it sorting. Either way I wouldn't handle any of this now. When I was a kid I used to spin really fast on my knees I used to buzz off it. Yet after the huge fall I damaged my brain pretty bad. Hope this helps you in someway. Oh a side note when I fly now I get really sick with pressure and I swell all over. I can literally feel the pressure. When I sleep after a flight my body below my head goes chronically numb I can not move it scared me and begged my partner to quickly move me I cried with fear. I couldn't move couldn't physically do anything but scream. Move my arms please turn me please help I screamed. Omg Omg never again will I fly 😭😖😩😱🤢🥵

    264 715264 71521 giờ trước
  • Thank you fellow Huntsvillian.

    Carl W. SamplesCarl W. Samples22 giờ trước
  • I wish they wouldn't compact the audio. Like take a breath.

    Dale JDale J22 giờ trước
  • The pilot constantly talking to him to make him comfortable.

    doliio volaydoliio volay22 giờ trước
  • Hello Friend Very Good presentation and as the guy said in video at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="170">02:50</a> to nearly <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="176">02:56</a> minutes where the guy said if you are in fighter plane at controls and if you fly like an arc you would feel being pushed through the seat because of radio acceleration , WELL YOU GUYS SRE REALLY GOOD BUT WHAT THOUGHT WENT THROUGH MY MIND WAS THAT WHILE FLYING LIKE AN ARC AT THAT SPEED IT'S FORCE THAT WAS ACTING TANGENTIALLY OUTWARDS THAT GIVES THE FEELING OF BEING PUSHED THROUGH THE SEAT IN THE DIRECTION AS IS EXPLAINED OR PRESENTED BY HOST IN VIDEO AND SAID BECAUSE OF RADIO ACCELERATION WHICH IS GOOD PRESENTATION. WHILE THE PHYSIO MOVED THE HOST AROUND AND THEN EXPLAINED MEDICAL SCIENCE WAS ALSO GOOD WHICH IN PHYSICS SIMPLY MAKES SENSE OF INERTIA WHICH IS TENDENCY OF PHYSICAL BODY TO MAINTAIN THE STATE OF REST OR MOTION BUT VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE EXPLAIN THINGS BY PHYSIO USING A BOTTLE AND DEMONSTRATING. ANYWAYS REALLY COOL VIDEO. I JUST COMMENTED THE THOUGHTS THAT WENT THROUGH MY MIND, NOTHING ELSE AND I DON'T WISH TO TEACH ANYTHING TO DO GOOD AWESOME PEOPLE, THANKS

    Ajay TiwariAjay Tiwari23 giờ trước
    • Love Luke 14:11

      doliio volaydoliio volay22 giờ trước
  • Aerodynamics -JD Anderson ? Wow !!

    DazDaz23 giờ trước
  • it gets difficult for me to watch when the air craft is going strait up in the air. the camera is facing the pilot and u can see him moving further away from the ground quickly. i get butterflies in my stomach as if it was me inside of the craft. yikes

    Antonio AustinAntonio Austin23 giờ trước
  • All I heard in the video was F-16 Jet SuperSonic

    Peak EffectsPeak Effects23 giờ trước
  • the F 16 so cool but viper is cool too

    Kayden ElliottKayden Elliott23 giờ trước
  • Us air force : f - 16 is a ..... GTA 5 : Hydra

    bill suckzbill suckz23 giờ trước
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1531">25:31</a> The LAND!!!

    Jonathan GlessnerJonathan Glessner23 giờ trước
  • pls someone tell me how <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1724">28:44</a> is called

    MixaL1s6804MixaL1s6804Ngày trước
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="246">4:06</a> Typical fighter pilot response 😂. When you don’t know the answer just come up with something.

    SaudSaudNgày trước
  • My sister's head is 80 pounds ...if she experiences 7g's how many pounds would her head feel like comment below VIproject pilots

    Chaileeportraits _Chaileeportraits _Ngày trước
  • After having to swallow his pride and give up, he will now live in defeat and will no longer be able to manage all the groceries in one trip

    Dj noneDj noneNgày trước
  • How ya doing? Bad. Lol What a video!

    Chris KillerChris KillerNgày trước
  • I need a video game of this guys life.

    §hąřpśhøõțëŕ • 40 years ago (edited)§hąřpśhøõțëŕ • 40 years ago (edited)Ngày trước
  • You had me at the scripture at the end.. F or all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="851">14:11</a>

    LIGHT BLESSING FOREVERLIGHT BLESSING FOREVERNgày trước
  • The thing is that you didn’t take control of the aircraft like in the T-80

    Dylan ReyesDylan ReyesNgày trước
  • What the heck how can you sit in an jet if someone is controling it like rc plane wtf....

    Itzmrak47Itzmrak47Ngày trước
  • Love Luke <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="851">14:11</a>

    Samuel ChanSamuel ChanNgày trước
  • 10/10 youtube quality content

    Agustin TalaveraAgustin TalaveraNgày trước
  • Last time I went under 5G's I lost conciousness or just closed my eyes, I don't remember really.

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  • Hm. Mr. Destin Sandlin now you know. Pedo probe is a very bad thing.

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