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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  • 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

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    • 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.

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    • Fast

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    • Wouldn’t the air rushing over the static pressure ports make the air pressure drop so how do they get accurate measurements?

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    • @Quinn Sams make some noise

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  • Not once have a sense a hint of pride on any of your videos, just awe and wonder. Today you opened my eyes to your humanity. Thank you for your transparency. Thank you, also for opening the eyes to the wonders of nature and the universe to the eyes of your watchers. We often go through life unaware of the beauty of the physics right under our eyes. I am left in amazement when I watch your videos. Thank you for your hard labor. I am glad there are people who have opened doors to the facilities you give us access to via your content. My kids love your videos and I pray they grow up to be amazed just like you and I.

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  • I’m not gonna lie, I got dizzy watching this video

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  • Man that's cool

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  • F-16: *Intakes bird* Pilot: CYA PLANE *ejects* if any of you know the nickname known for the F-16 being the "Lawn Dart" is because of it ingests 1 bird it takes out the single engine. Hence the nickname "Lawn Dart". Sorry Americans for mentioning this. Kinda had to after SEEING it

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  • Next time I want you to try 9g if possible. all the best Stay humble 👌👌

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  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="25">0:25</a> wrong. You are awesome.

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  • I saw the thunderbirds in an airshow once :/

    • That equation said Poopie

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  • Why would you turn down the aviators

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  • Vertical fly

    • but that was my wildly exciting flight experience.

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  • Mace. If I have a daughter, I'm introducing her to Mace. She's someone to aspire to.

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  • Man I will love to experience that. Just one time.

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  • Nice video, thank you for sharing this experience!

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  • How many enrolled for Air Force after watching this ?

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  • Just tell me im dumb for not understanding those Gs.

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  • Wow super sonic f-16 that's my favorite when I working at Clark air base the 174th tactical fighter wing of Asia pacific region

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  • Did you love it when the muscle of your face tried to keep the normal expression, but the G force was pushing your flesh down? :) My first time a 2.5 I nearly vomited... then I got 5 after lunch with no problem :D Never reached 7 though...

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  • I’m proud of you but it sucks you had to tap out. This is on the bucket list I’ll never get. So proud of ya brother!

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  • This dude is like if Bill Burr was happy

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  • I have no words... Thank you so much for this great movie and opportunity to touch what i dreamt all my life. Personally i experienced about 5G and i can't imagine what 9G is. But what "killed" me completely - words of this "humble" girl, who said "7G is comfortable...". Ohhh, mmyyyy Goooood! :) Thank you once again for this great work and.... Kind regards from Kiev, Ukraine.

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  • MAN THAT’S AWSOME !!!!!!!!!!

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  • “You put my name on it :D” Sooo pure😂❤️✨

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  • f16? imagine flying su-35

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  • I once had a pilot school as a client and I was given an opportunity to go up in one of their aircraft. I expected a simple flight as a passenger over the south coast of England for 10 minutes or so. Instead, I found myself in control of the aircraft from the second we left the hard standing until the pilot took control due to heavy cross wind on landing. Not much different, I guess, from a pupil's first flying lesson but I can tell you my heart was pounding when we were at the end of the runway and the pilot says: "Take your foot off the brake and when your speed gets to Xmph pull back on the stick..." I really think if it hadn't been for the cross wind he would have had me land it as well. Not quite 7.2G in a fast jet but that was my wildly exciting flight experience.

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  • That equation said Poopie

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  • Nice to see Kirk Douglas' dimple is alive and well flying F16s....

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  • Haha my 0 pound head will always feel 0 pounds

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  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1295">21:35</a> why did I start DYING when he stopped 😭😭😭😭😭

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  • You're somewhat awesome, Destin.

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  • F-16 : *Goes supersonic* Altimeter : Am i a joke to you ?

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  • My Life is a Lie

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  • OMG I thought at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="130">2:10</a> the person was Tom Cruise and I was like.... Top Gun???!! XD

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  • I had no idea you lived in Mobile I live in Gulf Shores.

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  • See look the earth is flat...haha

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  • So great thank you!

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  • "You put my name on it?"

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  • Thank you destin for sharing your experience with us. So cool!

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  • As a Chinese, I really love your comment about being at the balance point of humility and confidence. I have been a subscriber for years and you attitude of "I hope this video earned your subscription, and it not no big deal" is something I admire.

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  • Maybe he shoulda been blastin Top Gun Theme the whole way with guitar solo just for inspiration... I woulda 😏❤🇺🇸

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  • Now that we're airborn in a F16 we should probably learn how to read our instruments

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  • AHahaha thank you Destin

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  • You should make a video on how smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work

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  • that was a waste off a breakfast burrito.

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  • Wow, thanks for making this amazing video

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  • That was an amazing video. Thank you so much! You got me.

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  • Totally earned my subscription. Awesome video.

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  • I tried to win a ride in a fighter jet. Totally- T38 dt compare. USAF. NJ-USA

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  • “I’m gonna do the roll,” “Yeah, do it, man.” The video ends. Way to leave us hanging!

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  • I'm so late to this party. I selected this video only because of seeing Thunderbirds. I absolutely loved this from end to end. I love it when we can learn something so cool. Thanks for great descriptions and undertaking this project.

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  • Gotta love the Orbitz bottle! such a classic, can't believe she still has one! Perfect explanation, thank you so much for this awesome video!

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  • How did they allow you on board a US jet without aviators? Where's JAG these days? Someone needs to be held accountable, national security has been compromised!

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  • As someone who had an incredible professional association with the U.S.N. Blue Angels for a handful of years, I can confirm these are extraordinary individuals. Mentally, intellectually, physically, and in terms of individual spirit, teamwork and discipline. I got real comfortable knowing these men & women were better human beings than me in nearly every measurable way. Calling people/aviators like these friends while learning from them, and by simply observing them, has been one of the great honors of my life. Spectacular video.

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  • hai

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  • I'm just curious how did you get the USAF to take you on such a ride.

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  • Bruh NOproject really didn’t send the video to my subscriptions

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  • ben aFLACK

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  • Pedo tube xd

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  • That was incredible!

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  • How do you even get in touch with these people?

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  • Κάντε λαικ όσοι είστε Έλληνες να νομίζουν ότι είπα κάτι εξηπνο

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  • Nice video 👍 loved it 👏

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

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

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  • 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!

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  • Okay NOproject, I watched it

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  • is it possible that you vomit in the mask?

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  • 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.

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  • @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

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  • “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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.😂😂

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  • Come On D ain't this Coooool?

  • 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!

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

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  • Great words man .. 👍👍👍

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

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  • 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;)

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  • Awesome video

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

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