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

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SmarterEveryDay 5 months ago
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
James Cheek
James Cheek 15 hours ago
I lost my cookies in a OV-10 A pulling 4,5 g's pulling out of steep dive thinking I could handle it no problem :)...good thing I had a barf bag. I know the AF pilot was lovin it....:). man it was miserable...lol,,, I crew chiefed those birds in Thailand back in 1973..... 9 gs..lol....you did awesome buddy.
Brody 119
Brody 119 3 days ago
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Erik Amnesian
Erik Amnesian 8 days ago
Jeff Waldrop
Jeff Waldrop 10 days ago
Air Force veteran and now live in mobile. This video really took me back and made you fall in love with Air Force all over again. Would love the opportunity to meet you.
Rama Sipayung
Rama Sipayung 10 days ago
Gnu Dust
Gnu Dust 2 hours ago
Wow I did not know that you were from Alabama cause I am from there
Me 4 hours ago
Allen Gard
Allen Gard 5 hours ago
these guys came to an airshow in my city in washington state. flew right over me update: might have been like other people but it was cool
Max Lonsdale
Max Lonsdale 6 hours ago
Interesting stuff
C GF 8 hours ago
GOD BLESS the heroes of The United States Military who make the impossible possible EVERY DAY. We owe them everything.
Saad Kamran
Saad Kamran 11 hours ago
How much did NASA spend to research the coriolis effect because i used to do that as a kid by spinning around without a fancy chair
Noahisrlygr8 11 hours ago
why does the pilot look like buzz lightyear
qq kk
qq kk 12 hours ago
If you think that was tough, try going for a ride in an Air Force submarine.
j k
j k 12 hours ago
Good bless AMERICA 🇺🇸 AND BLESS OUR all Air Force pilot's and all our MINISTRY'S soldiers and all our law enforcement officers and all our government
Lokesh sannidhi
Lokesh sannidhi 14 hours ago
After 10 years I think he's gonna make a video I am here in the ISS chilling here with astronauts and seeing the earth 😅😅
yeyeye46 15 hours ago
My dad works for the airforce and we got to meet and see the Thunderbirds
Rishav Sarkar
Rishav Sarkar 21 hour ago
RUvid, did you hear me humming ThunderStruck when you recommended this to me?
Tomaso 23 hours ago
The BEST. I’m jealous. You are a lucky man.
I saw the thunderbirds at an air show.
Peter Barjona
The part I liked best is the humility part, if everybody including me had that quality, the world would be a much better place.
That's Incredible
I wonder if you can see the shockwave from the cockpit when you reach mach 1.
Ed S
Ed S Day ago
Man.....you are so lucky to have experienced this. My dream has always been to fly in either the Blue Angels or the Thunderbirds....or in a P51 Mustang....sadly...i will never be able to live this dream....sucks :( But awesome video and i loved how you explained things....spot on sir.
Ruesselbert Day ago
How is this working with the little movement of the controll stick? i didnt get that. Is the stick extrem sensitive, or is there a system to prevent to much rudder movement at higher speed or heavy forces by cornering the plane?
ace ace
ace ace Day ago
wow wow wow i wish i could do that but being paralysed from a brain heammorrage etc really sucks
Not Lightbeam
18:13 thats a nice beat
Eric Janney
Eric Janney Day ago
The fact that Thunderbird pilots are using ForeFlight and ADS-B receivers just like GA pilots is fascinating to me.
Jon Loftness
Jon Loftness Day ago
I am simply amazed at the skill of our brave men and women in our military services. Thank you.
Evan Nelson
Evan Nelson Day ago
Evan Nelson
Evan Nelson Day ago
You play them
Stacy Harris
Stacy Harris Day ago
i'm so jealous. i've always wanted to go on a flight with the Thunderbirds and/or Blue Angles all my life. I grew up living on Air Forces bases as a kid and there were always air shows with one or both teams.
DJ_SayN Day ago
Hush Day ago
Ur eyes looks like ur lagging
bean Day ago
that talk about confidence and humility is really straight on and really resonates with me thanks destin
Ger Macauley
Ger Macauley Day ago
Wow what a video... Today Is considered an everyday and I am defo smarter now This video has lived up to its channels name 😊
Jerri Tanner
Jerri Tanner Day ago
Lucky! What a cool thing to be able to do!
Kota Hyatt
Kota Hyatt 2 days ago
You had vertigo
An Ordinary Subscriber
If time travel existed, im going to study today's technology and go back in WW1 and WW2, and show this modern technology to americans, i wonder how many days it would end
Roland Isnor
Roland Isnor 2 days ago
That was the most incredible video that I've ever seen. Amazing stuff. Thanks a million for taking us along on your ride.
holiday671 2 days ago
I've never heard an F-16 called a "viper".
john boy
john boy 2 days ago
even the thunderbirds team to their hats off to the uk red arrows they said that they was going to pinch some of their moves lol. great vid tho
Jakob 2 days ago
This channel is new to me. I just watched the Nuclear Submarine video and now this. These are not topics that I normally watch in here. But I am BLOWN AWAY. This is so interesting... Content on a level I have never seen in here. Insane. I'm just smiling all the way through this video. I am so happy that you had this opportunity Destin. That must be a dream coming true.
shuri ken
shuri ken 2 days ago
I dont know how I even got here or found this video but this made me super excited about f16s! I am a middle aged software developer *sigh, maybe in my next life? thank you for sharing this was such an amazing video to watch
i am MAHARLIKAN 2 days ago
2020 Thunderbirds v.s 1975 Blue Diamond
C - Fav
C - Fav 2 days ago
Orbitz!!!!! Used to love that stuff!!!
Tutu Cucu
Tutu Cucu 2 days ago
This video earned me to sub
Riana McArthur
Riana McArthur 2 days ago
This video made my day! Thanks for sharing. Now I need to start my fundraiser :)
Aviator Snappy
Aviator Snappy 2 days ago
My dream job is to join the red arrows
K1rou 2 days ago
16:09 i knew it, the earth really is flat change my mind
K1rou Day ago
@hmmm interesting Ill take that as a compliment
hmmm interesting
Going from listening all these smart people and scientific information in the video to reading your comment is truly disappointing lol
JakePlays 2 days ago
Me as a child: so the tip of jet's r like bullets. me after watching this video : understandable have a great day
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I M Falcon
I M Falcon 2 days ago
I don't know how my 29:57secs got over. It felt like I started the video and it got over in 5mins. What a great video.
menteria 2 days ago
Beret a A-the gun B-the knife C-the hat D-all of them Answer in the replies
menteria 2 days ago
I wish I could do this stuff
menteria 2 days ago
Your a lucky man
l a Jackson
l a Jackson 3 days ago
A real Top Gun!!
Cameron 3 days ago
This is a great video to rewatch
Serrius LeDamaged
"I'm going to do a roll" in the most young at heart voice I've ever heard, is all of us given that chance. I unsubscribed a while back though now I don't know why. But I'm so glad I rediscovered you again! I think it's time to re-watch the backward peddling bike video!
PhBob -
PhBob - 3 days ago
One of the most complete descriptive accounts and explanations of the topic as ever seen on RUvid. Absolutely phenomenal job, sir!
24:47 I KNEW THE EARTH WAS ROUND (well not really its an oblate spheroid)
yedunson 3 days ago
People say you shouldn't text and drive, how about flying and using an IPad? lmao
Patrick `
Patrick ` 3 days ago
I support the troops, but NOT THE EVIL ZIONIST POLICIES THAT PUT THEM IN DUMB SITUATIONS! Before serving your country, learn who your country serves.
Winter Shadows
Winter Shadows 3 days ago
It’s crazy how you can see the curvature of the earth
Patrick `
Patrick ` 3 days ago
The horizon was always at eye level, proving EARTH IS FLAT
Noah Newlin
Noah Newlin 3 days ago
The Blue Angels are better
Ben Dover
Ben Dover 3 days ago
How could the jet stay at 16,000 so steadily
Jonáš Prušek
Jonáš Prušek 3 days ago
21:26, clearly, Destin was never hella drunk and then tried laying onto bed...
Maximus Ojukwu
Maximus Ojukwu 3 days ago
21:30 Brain lag
Maximus Ojukwu
Maximus Ojukwu 3 days ago
I stumbled upon this video from learning to build model jets. I am really impressed though i know I will throw up or black out. OR BOTH!!
Nate Gunnison
Nate Gunnison 3 days ago
I subscribed
MrBeans 3 days ago
YOU HASVE SUCH A COOL JOB!!!!! If you'd even call it that!!!!!
junior 3 days ago
Absolutely amazing! Incredible life experience!
Blue Marshall
Blue Marshall 3 days ago
Julio Falquez
Julio Falquez 3 days ago
Jonathan Tedesco
Jonathan Tedesco 3 days ago
Dam!! way to goooooo!!!! YAHOOOOOO!!!!.
Shoe Game
Shoe Game 3 days ago
God help our pilots when we have to engage the enemy
Kenny Surely
Kenny Surely 4 days ago
Destin at 7gs 🤪 Mace at 9gs 200 ft above deck 😎
AL 4 days ago
You’re feeling bad for doing 7.2? I get leg craps from playing with my dogs on the floor. Congratulations for a job well done and a magnificent video showing science and the amazing men and women of our military. 👏👏👏
Jeff Litchford
Jeff Litchford 4 days ago
As an old Air Force vet I appreciate your counsel regarding the maintenance of a balance between confidence and humility. That my friend is such wise counsel for life! Thank you!!
Jaspreet Singh Arneja
Throwing more than enduring it most likely is going to snub you in the most testing times.
Matthew Hegeman
Matthew Hegeman 4 days ago
A pitot tube isnt to measure how fast the jet is going, its to measure the airspeed (the speed at which the air is flowing over the aircraft). Just to clarify!! Love your videos Destin! :)
Wayde Gould
Wayde Gould 4 days ago
Why was it smoking inside the jet?
Warren C
Warren C 4 days ago
“Hi, nine Gs.” “Hi, seven and half” 27:30
Warren C
Warren C 4 days ago
Wow!!! What a great video!!
RickAlltow 4 days ago
Great video!
Nerf Bros
Nerf Bros 4 days ago
So he basically learned dizziness
Maxwell Actual
Maxwell Actual 4 days ago
Declined the sunglasses? -20% cool factor.
Jon Ginny
Jon Ginny 4 days ago
A good example of the bullet example is the reason why soldiers bleed out and die from the exit wound. Because all Shockwave is following the bullet and makes a huge holes where the bullet exits.
aquiles.griffin 4 days ago
This is sooooooooo cool idk why am crying.
Anthony Limina
Anthony Limina 4 days ago
Real Life Hal Jordan
zaid nimri
zaid nimri 4 days ago
Such a well made video tbh. Subscribed
Dewi Yanti
Dewi Yanti 4 days ago
I Like Wann People Have To Speaking Abaut Army Airplane . ✈
King Smitty
King Smitty 4 days ago
i wouldve totally gotten a pair of them aviators what a missed opportunity
Dewi Yanti
Dewi Yanti 5 days ago
This All Model Airplane Army All The Wold Just Vor Me Alone . ✈
Douglas Holden
Douglas Holden 5 days ago
declined the flight sunglasses, not cool.
Deplorable Dave
Deplorable Dave 5 days ago
Shoving your wide angle camera UP that poor girl's nose was not particularly flattering for her.
Topfelya 5 days ago
Thank you so much for this awesome video ! I did enjoyed watching it . Great physics explanations
Topfelya 5 days ago
F-16 Pilot cheeky laugh 7:50 during this awesome climb
Tien Pham
Tien Pham 3 days ago
ikr i love your content! Keep it up 👍
Vignesh Sundaresan
how much does it cost for this experience ? I wanna got on a fighter plane and see if I have the tenacity.
David Barriga
David Barriga 5 days ago
They need to add a 360 camera to jet
Hooded-Devil 5 days ago
3:43 That hit me the *wrong way* I’m _scared_
william angyal
william angyal 5 days ago
2020 or 2031 flying cars?
william angyal
william angyal 5 days ago
You talk to much dude
Dato' Rizal
Dato' Rizal 5 days ago
Hi! I love your videos! Thank you for all the efforts put in. The pilots looks like down to earth kinda people. And of course you too Destin! Just a question, what was the sound like inside the plane? Was it noisy when you flew at 7.2? thank you!!!
Jon kiervy castro
love you america love from philipines!!!!!
x M a d a r A
x M a d a r A 5 days ago
Now that’s a proper airforce experience
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