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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  • SmarterEveryDay


    8 dagen geleden

    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: https://www.patreon.com/smartereveryday

    • rovingrom


      6 uur geleden

      @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

      7 uur geleden

      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

      22 uur geleden

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

    • Ashesh Choudhury

      Ashesh Choudhury

      23 uur geleden

      Best video!!!

    • sigunga joshua

      sigunga joshua

      Dag geleden

      A racecar is already horrible !!!!! Mwaaaadd Respect !!!!!

  • Jeeone Park

    Jeeone Park

    3 uur geleden

    That's crazy! 4.5G almost knocked me out but you went to 7G and they are ding 9G? WOW

  • Andre James

    Andre James

    4 uur geleden

    Can't believe that there is a Jamaican flag on the jet.

  • Kakyoin


    4 uur geleden

    I hope next that it will be an A10
    Edit: Oh wait it's a 1 seater

  • Chief


    4 uur geleden

    Dad joke of the year: 0:20 😂😂

  • Kakyoin


    4 uur geleden

    Imagine if he forgot to press the record button during something like this

  • Kenneth Wulf

    Kenneth Wulf

    4 uur geleden


  • Joseph


    4 uur geleden

    Dude who declines those sunglasses, these sunglasses are OG’s!

  • JustAMessenger


    4 uur geleden

    You looked like you were going to vomit many times in this video 🤣

  • ToXiC XD

    ToXiC XD

    5 uur geleden

    6:37 when im the pilot in a Jet Simulator.

  • gentlejake605


    5 uur geleden

    I’ve been in Biloxi b4 I love the jets lol now in az

  • Jim Stamper

    Jim Stamper

    5 uur geleden

    wow!!! that looked like an amazing experience

  • nemo227


    5 uur geleden

    Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Some people have this without spinning in a chair or flying in a fighter jet.

  • Tie WayTan

    Tie WayTan

    5 uur geleden

    I just want to see ur hand whenn doing thiss!!

  • angel avila

    angel avila

    5 uur geleden

    I’ve never been so interested in a video

  • IG


    5 uur geleden

    I recently enlisted in the USAF and my ultimate dream is to become a pilot and fly thunderbirds!!! Thank you so much for this video and all the information. It’s truly a blessing to have come across this video. Thanks again and I hope to meet Major “Mace” someday.

  • Petrus Koreana

    Petrus Koreana

    5 uur geleden

    Your videos are awesomely interesting, very helpful and science facts-demonstrating.
    I will keep watching with my kids. They love sciences explained by you haha

  • Chad Bednarczyk

    Chad Bednarczyk

    6 uur geleden

    Well just be glad you didn't puke in the f16 cockpit, im guessing 7g's is just as much of an experience as 9.. just less suffering right. (no experience here but based on what you said, you can imagine). awesome video, great info for us who never experienced it.

  • Kousthubha Sharma

    Kousthubha Sharma

    6 uur geleden

    Human’s flying : at >7g
    Brain: aight imma out of here

  • Stan .Rarick

    Stan .Rarick

    6 uur geleden

    Before Mace said it, I was thinking "acquired tolerance". Nothing to be ashamed of by tapping out on your first shot. She's a pro, you're not.

  • Lawtorius Vermillion

    Lawtorius Vermillion

    6 uur geleden

    I was waiting for that BoOoom!

  • katie green

    katie green

    6 uur geleden

    Object: pedo tube

    Me:uuuuhhhhhhhhh wot-

  • Jonny Bontoft

    Jonny Bontoft

    6 uur geleden

    Home state of Alabama lol incest

  • T


    6 uur geleden

    Thank you for this video. Very cool and informational

  • Kamren Lyon-Toles

    Kamren Lyon-Toles

    6 uur geleden

    You live in Alabama. I do to. I live in Auburn. I hope you're not an Alabama fan.

  • Dale L

    Dale L

    6 uur geleden

    I'm surprised they don't use the helmet restraint system that dragsters have for passengers, the pilots are trained for it, passengers would have a more pleasant ride without the head bobble.

  • Vladimir


    7 uur geleden

    And here I am struggling with a headache from descending passenger flights...as a passenger. If you had put me in that cockpit, I bet would've blacked out at 3G and have my veins pop at 7. I salute you sir! -From an European who dreams about flying.

  • Camila Ragonha

    Camila Ragonha

    7 uur geleden

    Awesome man! I´m jealous!



    7 uur geleden

    6:21 when my autism kick in

  • Don Kopp Jr

    Don Kopp Jr

    7 uur geleden

    An Awesome video, and all of the dislikes are people who just don't get flying..... How sad!

  • Andrew Zendejas

    Andrew Zendejas

    8 uur geleden

    Very nice ride!!! And great explanations!

  • Jan Verschueren

    Jan Verschueren

    8 uur geleden

    Ok, so I happen to think getting thrown off kilter, but still making it through a 7G+ manouver is quite impressive. Too bad you weren't able to recover quickly enough to tackle the 9G one. Think of it this way: just because you were ill affected by a previous move, doesn't mean you wouldn't have passed out at 9G anyway. 😋



    8 uur geleden

    I see the word sonic I *click*

  • Addictive_LiquoriCe


    8 uur geleden

    Tapping out and feeling bad you can't handle 9g? What!? I'm pretty sure even the most experienced commercial pilots would struggle after 7

  • Elimar Zordan

    Elimar Zordan

    8 uur geleden

    6:40 😂😂

  • Mark Hughes

    Mark Hughes

    9 uur geleden

    For someone who served. This is all a normal routine for me.

  • frankie wenner

    frankie wenner

    9 uur geleden

    6:22 "look cool. that's gonna be hard" as he proceeds to leave the visor half way off his nose looking all derpy.

  • Bernard Anderson

    Bernard Anderson

    9 uur geleden

    Get me in for a Backseat flight

  • shopnoraj


    10 uur geleden

    The pilot constantly talking to him to make him comfortable.

  • joab pimentel

    joab pimentel

    10 uur geleden

    no ones gonna mention that the NASA lady has a bottle of soda that has been discontinued for years?

  • PlatinumEagleStudio's


    10 uur geleden

    Take note. No social distancing and he was shaking their hands. This means the Thunderbird's don't have any precautions in place for COVID 19. Sad.

  • Nguyen Vo

    Nguyen Vo

    10 uur geleden

    This is the sort of female that turns me on

  • 1dirosa1 .Michael Dirosa

    1dirosa1 .Michael Dirosa

    10 uur geleden

    Hey! Love you're videos can you please do a episode on race car drivers ( I formally used to be a driver for bridgestone racing academy . Racing formula 2000 are and also have 15 years of karting expierence and 5 championships . I think us racers have an amazing experience of physics and want to hear from you're scientific perspective! Thanks !

  • Caymen Patterson

    Caymen Patterson

    10 uur geleden

    I live 40 minutes from Biloxi . Shoutout from Mississippians

  • Call Me Noah

    Call Me Noah

    10 uur geleden

    Did I hear he's from Alabama SwEeT hOmE aLaBaMa

  • Pakrat Miz

    Pakrat Miz

    11 uur geleden

    “So now that we’re in the air, let’s learn what these controls are”

  • Ethan Belasic

    Ethan Belasic

    11 uur geleden

    Awesome video Destin!! I always love your videos! Thank you for all the hard work you put into educating the public!!!

  • L D Scoots

    L D Scoots

    11 uur geleden

    I didn't even think breaking the sound barrier was even possible

  • DV8 ***

    DV8 ***

    11 uur geleden

    25:42 Watching this makes me feel sick.

  • JohnjacobsJHS


    11 uur geleden

    This man has done for "How things work" that Anton Petrov has done for understanding Astronomy and the Universe.

  • 021


    11 uur geleden


  • Manuel Martinez

    Manuel Martinez

    11 uur geleden

    I got up too fast from my seat one hour ago... still dealing with that one G.
    Amazing video

  • Kyrose Bates

    Kyrose Bates

    12 uur geleden

    How would a jet work space tho?
    Does the engine need to be in the middle of the back? I mean say you have 2 thrusters one on both sides of the ship. If one pushes harder then the other, does that turn a ship in space? Or because there's no gravity would it just push a ship forward? Here on earth jets make sense you turn a fin which creates drag, turning the jet. But in space there is no drag no friction, so how do you turn a ship?
    I'm doing some world build for some concept stories and I don't wanna just make a starwars ship that just magically works. I want to create something that could theoretically work, but I haven't been able to find anything on the subject.
    Thanks, for all the videos they are amazing and open up my world to new possibilities everyday.



    12 uur geleden


  • Jorge Pena

    Jorge Pena

    12 uur geleden

    dude i flying f16 ps4 vr

  • Juku Tõnuri

    Juku Tõnuri

    12 uur geleden

    Anyone else dont understand anything hes explaining.

  • m1garandisthebest


    12 uur geleden

    Awesome video as always, Destin!

  • TheLinuxYes


    12 uur geleden

    Public money does have its advantages.

  • Joe AllFrontsQuiet

    Joe AllFrontsQuiet

    12 uur geleden

    Wow. Just wow.

  • The Jersey Spotter

    The Jersey Spotter

    13 uur geleden

    I've seen people ride with the thunderbirds before, but NEVER but a custom name on the jet!

  • The Dolt

    The Dolt

    13 uur geleden

    Excellent video with outstanding insight! Go Mace!

  • Jack Gladstone Holroyde

    Jack Gladstone Holroyde

    13 uur geleden

    At 21:50 this is called nystagmus and it's FASCINATING. The vestibulo-ocular reflex (the inherent link between the eyes and the ears) is in control of your eyes.
    It links back to your first ever video on the chicken's head - they can't track with their eyes, they have a vestibulocervical response, to get the neck to counter the movement of the body.

  • Ivy Mike

    Ivy Mike

    13 uur geleden

    I'm jealous....in my part of the world, we don't get to see a F16 for real, infact any military fighter planes of any sort other than on TV or Internet. Just a couple of C130s at the airport, but nothing more than that. Thats so cool what you have done and really enjoyed the science and your explanations there....Thank you man. Looking forward for similar stuff. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • morgan girardin

    morgan girardin

    13 uur geleden

    I was born in the Keesler air force base!!!

  • Jai ShriRam

    Jai ShriRam

    13 uur geleden

    *B L I M E Y*

  • Fung Yup

    Fung Yup

    14 uur geleden

    We should be humble to the nature, humble to the technology (as it based on nature physic too...). Thanks for this great exp share



    14 uur geleden

    The eye balls got me... I thought he was possessed !!

  • J.B. Dazen

    J.B. Dazen

    14 uur geleden

    You don't look stupid. You could've known that untrained people can't take that amount of g's though.

  • Eric America

    Eric America

    14 uur geleden

    hahaha receive the gees

  • Hafi F

    Hafi F

    14 uur geleden

    More pissed off that this guy isn't even IN the military and got to do a ride along smh

  • right turn

    right turn

    14 uur geleden

    I don't know if this is possible or even done before but would it be possible to use the battery in a copper tube project to propell something??

  • abbsnn cose

    abbsnn cose

    14 uur geleden

    Put your left hand on your name "WOAH YOU PUT MY NAME ON IT?!" 6:16 hahahah

  • Stephen Sylvester

    Stephen Sylvester

    14 uur geleden

    Mobile Bay shoutout!!

    • abbsnn cose

      abbsnn cose

      14 uur geleden

      "you put my name on it?" That part was hella funny😂

  • 0 P

    0 P

    14 uur geleden

    Theres worse things than looking stupid..like being stupid which you are not. I appreciate this video..limits are there to be broken you can do it

  • Don't Read My Profile Pic

    Don't Read My Profile Pic

    15 uur geleden

    The ThunderBirds are the American Snowbirds

  • jocoloco


    15 uur geleden

    Incredible. You are tough Destin!

  • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

    Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

    15 uur geleden

    Where did you buy that model jets (F16 and T38)?

  • Red Gamer

    Red Gamer

    15 uur geleden

    i have done the eye moving thing and i am only 11 years old (you can do it by spinning your self but you need to close your eyes and stop when you want and then open your eyes)

  • Radomír Frkous

    Radomír Frkous

    15 uur geleden

    Whoa, did those legs bloat in the....G-pants?....this much at 24:29 by just being filled with blood from other body parts, or is it just my imagination??

  • c2thew


    15 uur geleden

    1:39 just screenshot that aerial perfection