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

    • Rubb3r Lizard
      Rubb3r Lizard

      I really want to fly in a jet, but I doubt I’d ever get the chance

    • tyler maloney
      tyler maloney

      Could use some inertial dampeners for the SR-72 - Private sales would be nice.

    • DJ Reiser
      DJ Reiser

      you are lucky mate! I wish I could do that, but I have motion sickness too I can't really do those gs cause I get really sick

    • Frosty Codm
      Frosty Codm

      He did not seem interest in u

    • Austin Robertson
      Austin Robertson

      He let you fly the jet?

  • Shawn Davis
    Shawn Davis

    This gets a thumbs up automatically because you are jammin out with the Thunderbirds!!!

  • Melissa Duran
    Melissa Duran


  • Joseph Boyd
    Joseph Boyd

    Love that you got the Browns stadium in there, Cleveland Ohio!!

  • Vens Woods
    Vens Woods

    Here comes the Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

  • simon p
    simon p

    Great video but 6G's is cute every now and again, An F1 driver pulls 2 to 6 G's on every corner for 90 minutes.

  • Tony Gil
    Tony Gil

    those were very shi**y turns lmao, he lost 700ft in just one turn

  • Emir Latinović
    Emir Latinović

    Maybe a point of reference to look at can increase the G force tolerance and prevent collapsing or even hypoxiating. Like when driving in a car, to avoid car sickness just look at some object in far distance that slowly moves like mountains for example or anything that very slowly moves or doesn't moves for long period of time. Just don't look at the car's interior or the seat in front. Maybe the same thing is with flying in a jet during the maneuvers.

  • Ebolaface

    omg I remember ORBITZ drink

  • M4KERB

    this was outstanding, thank you.

  • Lil washing machine
    Lil washing machine

    "dont use your phone while driving." meanwhile in a jet going supersonic "my ipad screen just rotated"

  • TheTieDyeHippie

    Missed the opportunity to say “Nice.” after he said you’re at .69 Mach

    • BigChungus55

      haha funny reddit.

  • X-_-XDeMon

    yeah i took my f -16 out last night and pulled 9 gs over my girlfriends house.

  • MrQbeczeq

    Next episode of SED - Destin on ISS in zero G ;)

  • George Gonzalez
    George Gonzalez

    19:15 bruh😂😂

  • Hespian Yeahboy
    Hespian Yeahboy

    Every day we learn things. This is a new day!

  • Cameron Parrett
    Cameron Parrett

    Most of the comments are by nerds trying to be funny, eg. i said this......someone else said this......so fing boring

  • MC Oz
    MC Oz

    💯💪🏼‼️ LOVE your reference of TRUTH at the end, bro‼️ ☝🏼 🙌🏼 🙏🏼 LUKE 14:11

  • GIBS Horse Training
    GIBS Horse Training

    God bless you bro. Stay humble and kind. 7.2G, the Lord Jesus will lift you up.

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  • Colt Albrecht
    Colt Albrecht

    I love your videos man! Making a Difference!

  • Andrew Connor
    Andrew Connor

    Good video. Enjoyed watching.

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  • bimmergeek

    Dustin, you have a great life.

  • SoJazzie

    @ 24:50 Almost look like she left the earth

  • scarlet 001
    scarlet 001

    just how do u evenride a plane thats so cool n enter industries n alll how izit is the free jet ride free

  • The Depression
    The Depression

    I love the fact that they put his name on the jet

  • Rachid Aachich
    Rachid Aachich

    i barely stand 1 G

  • Rizaldo Mullings
    Rizaldo Mullings

    Blue Angels still cooler but this was still fire

  • Jim Benton
    Jim Benton


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  • Youtube doggo
    Youtube doggo

    Destin, What was that cracking sound when you were doing high G manuvers? Love your vids :)

  • Tamica Phillippy
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  • Chairman Meow
    Chairman Meow

    this is hardcore AF

  • Jimmy Stevens
    Jimmy Stevens

    Dude my eyes do that due to vertigo, vertigo is horrible to live with.

  • Jason King
    Jason King

    The f-16 fighting falcon more commonly known as the "viper"? Huh? No you were right the first time. Never heard it called the viper in my life.

  • HuggieBear39

    I had that humbling kind of experience during dialysis. My blood pressure got so low that everything was going dark. I could not even talk to call a tech. It was good that the machine notice something was not right and got the attention of the tech. They laid me strait and pumped half a bag of saline back in me. Took about ten minutes before I got my wits back.

  • Gilbert Bawker
    Gilbert Bawker

    Great channel, Amazing video

  • Adam C
    Adam C

    Dustin, prob won't read this, hehe, but kinda looks like you might have had a mild panic attack( if you've never experienced ). I'm an expert, trust me. Hypoxia + strange environment + unsettling things equals panic attack, even if not predisposed.

  • A K
    A K

    This is unusual channel 👍

  • Michael Caamano
    Michael Caamano

    Excellent! Enjoy all of your videos, but really loved this one.

  • Voor Naam
    Voor Naam

    When I was in my twenties, I was a glider pilot. Nothing special. In the Netherlands you are not a millionair doing that. You simply join a club. So, we had an aerobatic twin. And we loved to try our G limit. I believe that plane was certified up to 7 or 8 G, in calm air. Being healthy young men, pulling 6 G's, during a very steep turn, was no problem. Can you imagine? Try that in your average Cessna. You would bend the wing. Squeeeeek, oops... Never underestimate those funny glider pilots, please.

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    tugatomsk animation

    "We're goin' ballistic!"

  • DEC123 !
    DEC123 !

    I wanna be a pilot when I grow up and I’m gonna start in the air force

  • Kikk oman
    Kikk oman

    "I could not think at all, my brain just stopped working" ....that sounds wonderful

    • greatestutubevideos

      you okay? like, are you good? lmao

  • Bad Boy
    Bad Boy

    Your ears control you body

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  • Meagan Raven
    Meagan Raven

    Oh my gosh, the part where u said “I can do this! I can carry ALL the groceries into the house!” 😂 I agree with you! That’s hard to do!

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  • Krystal Myth
    Krystal Myth

    Jesus man... you are beyond lucky.

  • Hassan Ahmad
    Hassan Ahmad

    21:30 I did this on my chair while spinning and I closed my eye and when it stopped i thought i wa still moving

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  • Henry Taylor
    Henry Taylor

    Loved your video’s for a long time, but what on earth is that changing light board at the back of your studio please?!

  • Mr.Dillythe Pickle
    Mr.Dillythe Pickle

    No wonder they’re called pedo tubes ...coz they have small holes

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  • Max Jerdan
    Max Jerdan

    I'm an average joe, but I'll say I'm proud of our Air Force. The intelligence, discipline, and training that is taught says something about our history and leaders. Also how I should live my everyday life.

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  • Jim Tyler
    Jim Tyler

    Thank you for portraying our military in such high regards. Not to mention the education

  • Samurai x Shogun
    Samurai x Shogun

    Here come the ggggggssssssssssssssssssss

  • Rico Kanthatham
    Rico Kanthatham

    "confidence and humility"...so true. Destin...you are super human. This is by far one of my favorite places to be on the internet. And "smarter every day" is now my life mantra. I just changed career to be a STEAM teacher to kids...an American in Japan. You were a big inspiration. If you ever get out this way...I would be honored to host you. Thank you for all that you do to share your knowledge with us.

  • Hareecio Nelson
    Hareecio Nelson

    I mean, imagine if Galileo or Isaac Newton, or the Wright Brothers could see this. This engineering is art.

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  • Power

    I just noticed that the pilot didn't have a G-Suit on

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    Fazeboy7pro YT

    They where outer space for a minute

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  • Iamthe0c3an kooldude_377
    Iamthe0c3an kooldude_377

    Would love to see Tom Scott give this a go

  • Benson

    So you are going to lay back are receive the Gizz 😆🤣😂

  • John Price
    John Price

    Bro you declined a set of airforce aviators, looking cool is not something you will ever have to worry about..

  • Dave Macri
    Dave Macri

    Man great video

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  • Rubb3r Lizard
    Rubb3r Lizard

    “It’s gunna be fine” Almost passes out during 7G maneuver, then bails out.

    • Krystal Myth
      Krystal Myth

      I won't lie, bit disappointing. lol~ I mean, he was stronger than he thought he was. He didn't even G-loc that entire time. Lot of people pass out long before that. He should have gone for it. I mean, he'll never get another shot at it. None of us will either.

  • blue03r6

    I remember the first time I rode a proper super bike motorcycle with 205 hp at the rear wheel, and the power it had on acceleration made me almost black out. 205 hp doesnt sound like a lot but it is for a bike that barely weighs 400lbs and a 190 lb rider. 0-60 on it is about 2.3 seconds. people are hitting 185 mph on these in 16 seconds from a standing start. i had never experienced such force before. it got kind of dangerous because I'm out on a public road. I only took it up to about 45 mph but I had to fight it to stay awake for a second after rolling off the throttle. now it doesn't even begin to bother me. kind of like what she is saying. you get used to it.

  • Joey Miguel
    Joey Miguel

    Here's one question, will you feel the pain of g's if your numb?

  • mark m.
    mark m.

    Why do I not 'like' Dustin? I can't put it into words. I just do not.

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    bill matuszewski

    This is the greatest channel ever !!!

  • Therese Wheeler
    Therese Wheeler

    Wow impressive

  • WatchMeLowSide Kappa
    WatchMeLowSide Kappa

    Sounds like a lot of fun! But i’d definitely rather be in my mrap taking bs than be in the air.

  • urwatched

    Flying in a fighter jet is one thing I haven't gotten to do that I regret, but I did get some stick time in a T-34 back in the day. I would like to note...the Blue Angels don't wear G suits when they fly. Just saying...

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  • Dave Davidson
    Dave Davidson

    I'd wager most of us think we could take those Gs, until you actually feel it and get humbled. It's a testament to fighter pilot training and physical fitness. Anyone who can fly a fighter jet is a legit elite athlete. Mace said a couple weeks off makes it harder to take the Gs, that shows you how hard it is.

  • Lukas Johansen
    Lukas Johansen

    Not gonna lie I feel like a super genius when watching this :P

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  • Madskillzpb

    anyone else get sick just watching this? wtf


    Thunderbirds or blue Angeles

  • Dibo btw
    Dibo btw

    There with the blue angles rn in NAF El Centro ca. my hometown!1

  • yoeri lamens
    yoeri lamens

    how come those fighterjet pilots don't feel nauseous after rolling and taking those G's? Does this mean that you can train your vestibular organ?

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  • Christian Glasenapp
    Christian Glasenapp

    At 24:26 you can see his G-suit operating, I've always wanted to see that.

  • James Dennis
    James Dennis

    why would you say no to aviator sunglasses in that situation????

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  • Gregory Oruko
    Gregory Oruko

    Can I get that prototype.

  • alemao

    this video is incredible

  • Kegan Ritchie
    Kegan Ritchie

    there's always a bigger fish, stay humble my friend