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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  • 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

    • Unreal Apex
      Unreal Apex

      this makes me want to join the Air Force

    • rovingrom

      @RichardtheStark I'm no expert here - my claim to flying fame is that I passed my UK solo glider (!!!) licence at age 17..... But not supersonic!!! However the explanation (I think) is that the sonic boom is heard outside the plane (usually on the ground) when the pressure wave caused by the plane passes you. But if you are in the cockpit you are travelling the pressure wave - it doesn't pass you. Hopefully somebody will correct me if I got this wrong! ;)

    • Osh Ick
      Osh Ick

      SmarterEveryDay lol! They were “hand picked”...I know what that means, they all knew someone or had some kind of inside connection. 🤦‍♂️ smh happens everywhere

    • Emperor Overhito
      Emperor Overhito

      What's the difference between the frequencies of sound and the frequencies of light? ☺️

    • Ashesh Choudhury
      Ashesh Choudhury

      Best video!!!

  • Fox 509
    Fox 509

    See this is learning thats fun not school learning

  • Jeff Medina
    Jeff Medina

    That was Amazing. These Pilots are on a different Frequency............

  • Fetrillensky Andin
    Fetrillensky Andin

    Omg earth is flat🌚

  • A. Nilla-or
    A. Nilla-or

    when I board a commercial plane, I always have this fear during takeoff that the pilot is climbing too steep that the plan will stall and fall down. I hate flying :(

  • Glass gamer
    Glass gamer

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1173">19:33</a> there's a bug look top of the screen

  • Happy Aaron
    Happy Aaron

    Who else thinks that the guy at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="401">6:41</a> was acting like an NPC?

  • Muhammad Faris
    Muhammad Faris

    Do you guys notice but their neck is larger than normal human?.... Why

  • Mikeyy12 C.Lennz
    Mikeyy12 C.Lennz

    Pus just pass out what the worst that can happen. An I don’t wanna here the science behind a once an a lifetime opportunity. I’ve went 210 on a motorcycle without a seatbelt. Unbelievable

  • DJ Sickey
    DJ Sickey

    Pffff ,he went like what ? over 343.2 m/s to break the speed of sound ? Astronauts are going 7.66 km/s on a daily in nothing but spacesuits when they spacewalk XD lmao

  • CheckDead

    Sound likes ENEMY AC-130 ABOVEEEE!!!!

  • 10,000 Subscribers with two videos?
    10,000 Subscribers with two videos?

    Pft, rookie, I do this all the time in gta5

  • Rocky Patel
    Rocky Patel

    Looks at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1487">24:47</a>, Flat Earther : Earth is still flat

  • Makor01

    Fun fact: Thunderbird 5 has its number painted on the jet upside down because it usually is...upside down.

  • dave koh
    dave koh

    Just by watching the video I already dizzy :)

  • ItsWoody

    So if you can break Mach 1 (the speed of sound) at high speed/low altitude but can also break it at lower speed/high altitude then how do we know the correct speed of sound. Is it measured at sea level or...???

  • daniel me
    daniel me

    When you call general knowledge "especial". This dude is overrated and how he can say that understanding the theory and natural lays is the same as experience them.

  • Falcon Power
    Falcon Power

    I always thought static pressure increases across a shockwave and if that’s the case, wouldn’t the altimeter show lower altitude in supersonic flight regime? The altimeter clearly showed a higher altitude when the F-16 broke the sound barrier, and according to the video this is due to lower static pressure inside the Mach cone. Can someone please clarify this for me and explain why exactly the altimiter read a higher instead of a lower altitude since static pressure incrases across a shockwave?

  • Brian Tapia
    Brian Tapia

    This is awesome!! Thanks USAF!!!

  • The Bower Brothers
    The Bower Brothers

    This is how you know humanity is reall good

    • Soinas Doyi
      Soinas Doyi

      "Like it's gonna be fine, it's gonna be fine." U know that's normally people's last words

  • Zeke Zambesi
    Zeke Zambesi

    How much can I pay you to bring in all my groceries at once lol

    • Soinas Doyi
      Soinas Doyi

      Love you channel. I did my AIT at Redstone Arsenal as a Metrology Tech when the Army trained soldiers there in 2009. Your channel is awesome.

  • Joe Gar
    Joe Gar

    Going super sonic with an F-16 made me subscribe.

  • Sami Haidar
    Sami Haidar

    its called a pedo tube for what it looks like.

  • Fredrik Carlén
    Fredrik Carlén

    Do I want to know what a "pedo tube" is?

  • Christian Sanchez
    Christian Sanchez

    don't lie to yourself Destin you are awesome

  • Collin Sanderson
    Collin Sanderson

    I wanted to draw attention to how the pilot breathes while under G. That 'Khuh' sound. Why do they do that?

  • dead chris bounce
    dead chris bounce

    Very cool. They flew over my area during the quarantine. Cool that you got to do this. Experience it and fly it... Amazing. And great video as always

  • Cosas Chatarra
    Cosas Chatarra

    I want to be a fighter pilot when I grow up and I learned a lot of this, thank you!

  • W4RD1N8ER

    Don’t beat yourself up 7.2 g’s is way more than any of us ever do and you took it like a champ!

  • Marvel Fuentes
    Marvel Fuentes

    Luke <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="851">14:11</a> For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

  • lentztu

    You're over 30 and holding 7 Gs like a champ. That's no joke. It takes a really long time to get used to pulling a lot of Gs and most of us start young. You did NOT wimp out. This looked incredible, thanks to the Tbirds for letting you share that!

  • Oh yeah woo yeah
    Oh yeah woo yeah

    I can carry all the groceries in the house Weird flex but okay

  • Hd Omar
    Hd Omar


  • GerStudio

    Hey Destin, Love your videos. I just had a question I hoped maybe you could help me understand. @ around minute <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1470">24:30</a> The legs almost look as if they inflated. Could you maybe help me under why that happened? Thank you!

  • jesus alberto medrano carrasco
    jesus alberto medrano carrasco

    Doblado al español

  • Charles Johnson
    Charles Johnson

    Love you channel. I did my AIT at Redstone Arsenal as a Metrology Tech when the Army trained soldiers there in 2009. Your channel is awesome.

  • Theo Avory
    Theo Avory

    "Like it's gonna be fine, it's gonna be fine." U know that's normally people's last words

  • dylan scronce
    dylan scronce

    whattttt!! tapped out!? man... well i guess i can't say anything because ive never been there. but i FEEL like i could do it? lol idk

  • dylan scronce
    dylan scronce

    i was playing in the front yard at my moms house in bladenboro nc one day when i was about 7 or 8. and i remember as i was playing cars i seen a black blurr just BLIP by overhead...and i looked up thinking wtf was that?? and it took about 3 to 5 seconds and all of a sudden..WOOOOOOOSHHH!!!!!!!!!! i TOOK OFF RUNNING into the house thinking the world was ending lol. it was a dam jet

  • Bob Mitchell
    Bob Mitchell


  • shane Baxter!
    shane Baxter!

    Very cool job

  • Lion Pride
    Lion Pride

    Jesus loves you, ask forgiveness. Say Lord Jesus I repent of my sins come into my heart I make you my Lord and Savior in Jesus name amen. Live Holy cut off sin and read the Bible also pray. Seek God everyday and love one another as God loves you. Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. Peace !

  • 3van a people
    3van a people

    I thought the thumbnail was an elephant in a plane

  • Andy Raman
    Andy Raman

    Dunning-Kruger effect... The ending

  • Dom Vasta
    Dom Vasta

    Isn't the USAF technically a sponsor? I mean they didn't pay you in cash, but it costs a lot of money to have an extra person in those f-16s, they had to get you a flight suit, pay all the ground crew to prepare for your flight and teach you how to not hurt yourself or accidentally eject and destroy a multimillion dollar aircraft. Heck, they even painted your name on the aircraft. You're lucky they didn't decide to charge you for all that. Though I suppose they did, in a way, but you share the cost with every other taxpayer.

  • Josh E
    Josh E

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1642">27:22</a>

  • Paul Hetherington
    Paul Hetherington

    Sci--ssi-- Sumarian for: I'm Satan. Science-- investigator eyes, I'm Satan. Fraud authorities.

  • Paul Hetherington
    Paul Hetherington

    Space force already, failed-- no oxygen for-- fuel reaction-- sun isn't visible either, then-- nor heat.

  • James O'Bryan
    James O'Bryan

    Great video, once again. The only experience I've had with the T-Birds other than at shows was learning technical writing from the man that wrote the entire first flight manual for them back in my undergrad. I accept the challenge of 9 G's. Go Navy?

  • aneyesky

    My favorite of your vids Love this!

  • Wyatt Roncin
    Wyatt Roncin

    i've held off on watching this video for a couple of days. when i first saw it in my subscription feed, it was only a day or two after the fatal crash of one of Canada's demonstration team, the snowbirds. i know you're in alabama and probably don't get an iota of canadian news in your daily life, but seeing a video going up and enjoying a day with the thunderbirds go up so soon after a canadian lost her life doing much the same thing trying to help raise spirits just. . . felt off. maybe not callous, but a touch insensitive. i'm not in the military, i don't fly planes, but i am a patriotic canadian, and the snowbirds crash has a lot of emotion behind it for anyone who's seen them fly. i hold no hard feelings, but it's something i felt needed saying. Rest in piece capt. Jenn Casey. you died doing what you love, while inspiring Canadians coast to coast.

  • Charles O
    Charles O

    come carry my groceries in 1 run

  • Frank' Alos Arme
    Frank' Alos Arme

    For how long you took a preparation in order to realize this flight? What are the requirements in order to make this experience in a supersonic jet like this?

  • Frank' Alos Arme
    Frank' Alos Arme

    Amazing! Really it is a very impressive experience you had. I don't know if I ever had it, but I'm sure it is quite a helluva good experience of life. Congrats!!! I look forward to see more of these!!! I'm impressed! Blowing mind! Great!

  • Charlie W.
    Charlie W.

    Thank you for the term humbled by force, got a chuckle out of me

  • Jimmy Sofa
    Jimmy Sofa

    If you are a smaller, taller, thinner, or bigger person, how would that effect how you can handle Gs

  • Herbert Green
    Herbert Green

    Why do you throw in bible verse references at the end of your videos? Scientific principles and biblical information are incompatible. There is nothing logical, reasonable nor testable regarding biblical information. Dumber everyday. Unsubscribed.

  • Aleksander Zabadała
    Aleksander Zabadała

    Oscilloscopes is what earned my subscription, always wanted to understand those, but this one was great, too.

  • Jabez Bodden
    Jabez Bodden

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="260">4:20</a> HE IS THE MESSIAH HE MUST NOT BE HARMED

  • Franklin Garcia
    Franklin Garcia

    My heart was pumping hard just watching the video :O

  • Jordi

    You mentioned the only limit to the f16 is the human pilot. Well what if you made it like a giant RC plane to remove the human pilot. What would be the f16’s limits then?

  • J.Sebastien Kirouac
    J.Sebastien Kirouac

    one word, LOVE, you're the best!

  • Ryder K
    Ryder K

    Are they different colors that we haven't seen before???

  • Anton England
    Anton England

    I had anxiety watching this

  • Valdis Freibergs
    Valdis Freibergs


  • David Ruiz
    David Ruiz

    Hello, I know has nothing to with this video but could you explain why spacex didn’t launch today (May 27). And what are some of other reasons why a mission might be delayed. Thx

  • Glirbv Tvkn
    Glirbv Tvkn

    He was humbled by force. Literally.


    Why does he say "smokes on"?

  • Monster Bass
    Monster Bass

    Absolutely amazing video. Thank you sir.

  • Cliff Manis
    Cliff Manis

    Thanks to each of them....

  • Janoy Cresva
    Janoy Cresva

    Oh man such a bummer that this guy couldnt hang. Kept saying "I cant handle anymore. My body doesnt like this" Like the guy at the party that gets too drunk. He's suddenly a liability and not having fun.

  • Ron Clarke
    Ron Clarke

    Imagine going face to face with God Almighty: Omniscience, Omnipotence, and Omnipresence! Talk about Fear of the Lord! You'll be running away or running to His Mediation: Jesus Christ! I pray its the former! James <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="245">4:5</a> Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”? 6But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” 7Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

  • Kenny J
    Kenny J

    As a long time aviator I felt your pain lol, but please, don't feel bad Maze is right, when do this everyday you build up a tolerance to it. I promise you I could not do as well as you did. I've been away to long. Thank you for the video.

  • none

    Man , you need to wash your hands ! <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="763">12:43</a>

  • Pitur Pitur
    Pitur Pitur

    This video make my head feel Dizzy

  • HiiNate

    If only i had a teacher like u. I could listen to u teaching me things for hours.

  • Jabba the Hutch
    Jabba the Hutch

    Actual conversation at one point... "I've lost the ability to think." "Nah... It's all good."

  • Julien Savoldi
    Julien Savoldi

    You are the best man. Perfect timing with the Demo-2

  • Ron's Amp Service
    Ron's Amp Service

    Very interesting! You have to admit that the F-16 is an incredible machine. And the pilots are totally awesome! As well as highly trained. GO AIRFORCE!

  • Sam Cave
    Sam Cave

    Fun fact: The biggest Air Force in the world is the US Air Force. The 2nd biggest Air Force in the world is the US Navy