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

    • Bill Rabinovitch
      Bill Rabinovitch

      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.

    • BippityboppityBOO

      @Michael Genthe folio s

    • Michael Genthe
      Michael Genthe


    • Quinn Sams
      Quinn Sams

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

    • BippityboppityBOO

      @Quinn Sams make some noise

  • Jose Rojo
    Jose Rojo

    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.

  • Alive Youth
    Alive Youth

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

  • draxx Sklounst
    draxx Sklounst

    Man that's cool

  • Zane Paulhus
    Zane Paulhus

    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

  • Rajat s
    Rajat s

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

  • Timo

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


    I saw the thunderbirds in an airshow once :/

    • bocoy noiu
      bocoy noiu

      That equation said Poopie

  • Tom W
    Tom W

    Why would you turn down the aviators


    Vertical fly

    • bocoy noiu
      bocoy noiu

      but that was my wildly exciting flight experience.

  • Soulie

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

  • Jorge Gonzalez
    Jorge Gonzalez

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

  • PrinzMidas

    Nice video, thank you for sharing this experience!

  • Basil

    How many enrolled for Air Force after watching this ?

  • leandro rj fortin
    leandro rj fortin

    Just tell me im dumb for not understanding those Gs.

  • Felix Pedojan
    Felix Pedojan

    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

  • Promising Trader
    Promising Trader

    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...

  • Cort Bailiff
    Cort Bailiff

    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!

  • Frank Russo
    Frank Russo

    This dude is like if Bill Burr was happy

  • Andrew Khanoff
    Andrew Khanoff

    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.

  • Mohammed Nabil
    Mohammed Nabil

    MAN THAT’S AWSOME !!!!!!!!!!

  • Györgyi Szakmár
    Györgyi Szakmár

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

  • Elryme make content
    Elryme make content

    f16? imagine flying su-35

  • BenjWarrant

    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.

  • Devin Brown
    Devin Brown

    That equation said Poopie

  • BenjWarrant

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

  • Ashton Chin
    Ashton Chin

    Haha my 0 pound head will always feel 0 pounds

  • Joseph Aguilar
    Joseph Aguilar

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

  • BenjWarrant

    You're somewhat awesome, Destin.

  • as arms
    as arms

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

  • AL Rizo
    AL Rizo

    My Life is a Lie

  • Frags Stories & Games
    Frags Stories & Games

    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

  • Daniel Franklin
    Daniel Franklin

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

  • Dennis Sharpe
    Dennis Sharpe

    See look the earth is flat...haha

  • Sam Curtis
    Sam Curtis

    So great thank you!

  • GERM

    "You put my name on it?"

  • Ivanhoe Noynay
    Ivanhoe Noynay

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

  • Leo

    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.

  • Giant Killer
    Giant Killer

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

  • StriderGTS

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

  • DJ Imagine
    DJ Imagine

    AHahaha thank you Destin

  • Joshua Hintz
    Joshua Hintz

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

  • Gavin Donegan
    Gavin Donegan

    that was a waste off a breakfast burrito.

  • Lei Chen
    Lei Chen

    Wow, thanks for making this amazing video

  • Perry A
    Perry A

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

  • willjam465

    Totally earned my subscription. Awesome video.

  • Jan Cheema
    Jan Cheema

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

  • Thomas Kelly
    Thomas Kelly

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

  • Andrew Mathewson
    Andrew Mathewson

    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.

  • HardkohrPiraat

    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!

  • DJ Santiago
    DJ Santiago

    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!

  • showtime951

    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.

  • pluvsya 2001
    pluvsya 2001


  • Mike Z
    Mike Z

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

  • Quinn Sams
    Quinn Sams

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

  • Julio Cesar Romero Perez
    Julio Cesar Romero Perez


  • Matthew Crosby
    Matthew Crosby

    ben aFLACK

  • The Pig
    The Pig

    Pedo tube xd

  • Michele Bovero
    Michele Bovero

    That was incredible!

  • Ray

    How do you even get in touch with these people?

  • useless player
    useless player

    Κάντε λαικ όσοι είστε Έλληνες να νομίζουν ότι είπα κάτι εξηπνο

  • Naim Ibrahimi
    Naim Ibrahimi

    Nice video 👍 loved it 👏

  • Mihir Patel
    Mihir Patel

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

  • K McC
    K McC

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

  • Warren Meyer
    Warren Meyer

    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!

  • Yeee 01
    Yeee 01

    Okay SEsoft, I watched it

  • EmperorOfSparta

    is it possible that you vomit in the mask?

  • T Lloyd
    T Lloyd

    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.

  • OrionM43

    @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

  • DE Plinker
    DE Plinker

    “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.

  • Chris

    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

  • Laurence Browning
    Laurence Browning

    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.😂😂


    Come On D ain't this Coooool?

  • Derro0

    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!

  • Chris

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

  • Chaitanya Athawle
    Chaitanya Athawle

    Great words man .. 👍👍👍

  • Hehe Tymen
    Hehe Tymen

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

  • noilex

    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;)


    Awesome video

  • Chris

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