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

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A personal thank you to Air Force MSgt Ryan Crane for nominating me for this flight. Thank you sir.
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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.
These are my own thoughts, not those of the U.S. Air Force or the Thunderbirds:
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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  1. SmarterEveryDay

    SmarterEveryDay9 oy oldin

    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

  2. tyler maloney

    tyler maloney14 soat oldin

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

  3. DJ Reiser

    DJ Reiser12 kun oldin

    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

  4. Frosty Codm

    Frosty Codm15 kun oldin

    He did not seem interest in u

  5. Austin Robertson

    Austin Robertson24 kun oldin

    He let you fly the jet?

  6. vipul petwal

    vipul petwal25 kun oldin

    @Vince van D 7

  7. Dave Davidson

    Dave DavidsonSoat oldin

    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.

  8. Lukas Johansen

    Lukas Johansen4 soat oldin

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

  9. dees kicks

    dees kicks4 soat oldin

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  10. Madskillzpb

    Madskillzpb5 soat oldin

    anyone else get sick just watching this? wtf


    GLUCOSE GAMING7 soat oldin

    Thunderbirds or blue Angeles

  12. Dibo btw

    Dibo btw7 soat oldin

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

  13. yoeri lamens

    yoeri lamens7 soat oldin

    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?

  14. amin khormaei

    amin khormaei8 soat oldin


  15. Christian Glasenapp

    Christian Glasenapp10 soat oldin

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

  16. James Dennis

    James Dennis11 soat oldin

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

  17. Kyle Miller

    Kyle Miller12 soat oldin

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  18. Gregory Oruko

    Gregory Oruko16 soat oldin

    Can I get that prototype.

  19. alemao

    alemao17 soat oldin

    this video is incredible

  20. Kegan Ritchie

    Kegan Ritchie17 soat oldin

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

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    Myr RosenKun oldin

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  22. CrownLands

    CrownLandsKun oldin

    Liked it because of no. 6, toppro

  23. Ru Rs

    Ru RsKun oldin

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  24. kbowers8111

    kbowers8111Kun oldin

    I'd have to loose so much weight to ever fly with them. But I bet it be fun.....for a minute.

  25. kbowers8111

    kbowers8111Kun oldin

    Destin....the beginning of the flight it looked like your flight suit was smoking. What up with dat?

  26. The Journalist

    The JournalistKun oldin

    I flat out love those fly boys and girl. Mace

  27. Addyson Madden

    Addyson MaddenKun oldin

    I like chicken

  28. Dragon Bg

    Dragon BgKun oldin

    21:51 do it with cats hold them and turn them round with you and see its eyes they will see left and right

  29. Dragon Bg

    Dragon BgKun oldin

    Stay with those dimples

  30. Kevin Fernandez Solis

    Kevin Fernandez SolisKun oldin

    jajajaja cience is fun X,D

  31. Jamie McRoberts

    Jamie McRoberts2 kun oldin


  32. Alexander l

    Alexander l2 kun oldin

    6:35 Canopy closed

  33. Left Coast

    Left Coast2 kun oldin

    Amazing. Mace is incredible.

  34. Daniel Radick

    Daniel Radick2 kun oldin

    I will be honest. I am totally jealous of your experience. I spent 21.5 years in the Air Force and got to sit in a Thunderbird, once, but I never flew or pulled G's in one of them. That was totally cool! Even with you tapping out on the 9G turn, you did well and you got an experience that I would love to have experienced personally.

  35. John Kean

    John Kean2 kun oldin

    Clean that rust with white spirit VINEGAR

  36. John Kean

    John Kean2 kun oldin

    Jason never grew up his toys just got bigger and better

  37. John Kean

    John Kean2 kun oldin

    The pilot Jason THE FLAK looks like TOM CRUISE

  38. John Kean

    John Kean2 kun oldin

    Destin: Do u think Eton is really going Mars or Capricorn One 🤔

  39. John Kean

    John Kean2 kun oldin

    Destin this was YOUR destiny

  40. John Kean

    John Kean2 kun oldin

    3 chin straps dahling sorry 😐

  41. GrandPa

    GrandPa2 kun oldin

    Am i the only one who felt the actual gravity like while watching this and about to pass out anytime?

  42. Kyle Sanders

    Kyle Sanders3 kun oldin

    2:06 I'm in school for aero engineering and I've read/outlined the 5th edition of that book, cover-to-cover.

  43. Aaron Cosman

    Aaron Cosman3 kun oldin

    Coolest channel of UZnick.

  44. kartik kulsange

    kartik kulsange3 kun oldin

    You did it but I felt it

  45. Desert Racer

    Desert Racer3 kun oldin

    I love every part of this video. Thank you for sharing this experience with us. My favorite part was at the very end when he gave you control in half a second. "I'll let you take control now, okay its yours" *Realizes SmarterEveryDay has an F16 at his fingertips at 20,000 feet*

  46. Apollo

    Apollo3 kun oldin

    I wish I was on that jet I would have loved to hit 9 gs

  47. Apollo

    Apollo3 kun oldin


  48. Apollo

    Apollo3 kun oldin

    That must have been so must fun!

  49. Apollo

    Apollo3 kun oldin

    Hahah love this channel!.

  50. Shanna Shenna

    Shanna Shenna4 kun oldin

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  52. Its next weekend

    Its next weekend4 kun oldin


  53. SaltGenerator

    SaltGenerator4 kun oldin

    This would be terrific but I would never do it...even if I was trained hahaba

  54. Jay hughes

    Jay hughes4 kun oldin

    Anyone else think Major Mace is a total BADASS pilot.. Pulling off impossible moves, Awesome lady.... Bless up.. 😊

  55. Elane Baranowski

    Elane Baranowski4 kun oldin

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  56. Neo Genesis

    Neo Genesis4 kun oldin

    I put this on a big flat screen and showed my father, he says, he is feeling 9G's now 😂

  57. ewann3

    ewann34 kun oldin

    This is a good video regarding skill levels, humble interpretation of one's own skill levels (humble) and understanding of progression in skill. I think most people have either way over or under confident egos. I would say from evidence that I can pick up most things very quickly while recognising it's rare, I know people who are next level on me. On the same side there will be things you just suck at that you want to be good at more than the other things, and you pretty much just suck at it 🤣

  58. Strider 1 Trigger

    Strider 1 Trigger5 kun oldin


  59. chumleyok

    chumleyok5 kun oldin

    What's the deal with the handshakes at 5:52 ? Some were missed and some were landed... it looks like it was intentional. Would love to know why (if intentional)

  60. Angus Chandler

    Angus Chandler5 kun oldin

    I love how Destin is in the back breathing like crazy and almost blacking out while Flack is just sitting upright and talking casually like he's completely immune to G force.

  61. Angus Chandler

    Angus Chandler2 kun oldin

    @Aviv Weiss I know that. It's just funny to watch

  62. Aviv Weiss

    Aviv Weiss2 kun oldin

    I mean his job requires him to take 9g's on a daily basis obv any lower would have him barely twitching

  63. riskybetz

    riskybetz5 kun oldin

    Wow when you said you hit limits you didn’t even know you had... that’s crazy. Much respect to the Air Force and credit to you for going thru that with humility

  64. MrDanny70s

    MrDanny70s5 kun oldin

    Ironically a trip in a jet grounded you haha

  65. AdanaKiller

    AdanaKiller5 kun oldin

    This video just came up in my recommendations and i’m not regretted to watch it all. I’ve totally learned smg new today which i never thought i’ll need it but i do now. Thank you so much. I’m subbing u

  66. Brown Acres

    Brown Acres5 kun oldin

    Now do the Blue Angels

  67. Da Bozz

    Da Bozz5 kun oldin

    Wow this video for sure got my subscription!!! Only thing I hope rest of the videos aren't sponsored or ill have to remove my subscription none the less amazing video

  68. Eto Hige Gamer Culture

    Eto Hige Gamer Culture5 kun oldin

    Dude...DUDE you had your name in a freaking Thunderbird!! also that picture rotation as Mace was flying around was awesome to watch!!

  69. Lukasz Racinowski

    Lukasz Racinowski5 kun oldin

    Thay was super cool. Impressive video. Thanks for that!

  70. R1D9M8B4

    R1D9M8B45 kun oldin

    Why was I nervous!?

  71. Funnigame

    Funnigame5 kun oldin

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  72. Faomshy9421 Faomshy9421

    Faomshy9421 Faomshy94215 kun oldin

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  73. SelectInput

    SelectInput5 kun oldin

    No idea where I felt so much gs before but sometimes you can really only sit back, and watch your tears fly away

  74. Muhammed Omar

    Muhammed Omar6 kun oldin

    I do 9 Gs everyday IN MY LEGO JET

  75. Andy Ortiz

    Andy Ortiz6 kun oldin

    Guys back down he ran half a marathon before

  76. Odd Kicks

    Odd Kicks6 kun oldin

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  77. Last struGGle

    Last struGGle6 kun oldin

    This video had me in ahhh the entire time I knew how hard it was but jeez 😱

  78. ian ruata

    ian ruata6 kun oldin

    You got me! Gotta hit that sub button man.

  79. Maine Guide

    Maine Guide6 kun oldin


  80. Maximilian Klotz

    Maximilian Klotz6 kun oldin

    Back in school i liked physics a lot. But this, with the detailed explanation, the field tests and the videos, is on another level!

  81. Gray Joe

    Gray Joe6 kun oldin

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  82. Daniel Emenike

    Daniel Emenike7 kun oldin

    I wish I can join the airforce from another country. What's your advise on that?

  83. Jimmy Mullins

    Jimmy Mullins7 kun oldin

    these planes are loud they flew over my base and they made my ears bleed /not really but

  84. Paoby Obounou

    Paoby Obounou7 kun oldin

    That was amazing 😻

  85. Jayson Aresa Hairston

    Jayson Aresa Hairston7 kun oldin


  86. Paoby Obounou

    Paoby Obounou7 kun oldin

    I wish my physics class was this fun

  87. S B

    S B7 kun oldin

    i dont even think i can handle 2 gs... don't really like flying

  88. Canon Pierce

    Canon Pierce7 kun oldin

    What a poosayyyyyy Geeze man

  89. spoilerkiller

    spoilerkiller7 kun oldin

    This is just one of the most impressive videos! I really have my problems with military in general and with the US military in particular, but the combination of human and technological abilities shown in this video are just unreal.

  90. denzel gregoire

    denzel gregoire7 kun oldin

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  91. Bastian

    Bastian7 kun oldin

    Wow what an experience huh?

  92. j.network3232

    j.network32327 kun oldin

    Bro I only have 4g bro

  93. Doug Potosky

    Doug Potosky7 kun oldin

    Great show! Pilots are True Heroes!

  94. Ken's Vlog

    Ken's Vlog7 kun oldin

    simply amazing pilots

  95. Pavan Krishna

    Pavan Krishna7 kun oldin

    Great video 👍🏽

  96. hardino0311

    hardino03117 kun oldin

    Another badass video

  97. Leon

    Leon7 kun oldin

    The level of engineering in these plane is mind boggling I feel like such a stupid bum

  98. K Dubb

    K Dubb7 kun oldin

    I'm pretty glad I found this channel. Not only does it give me memories of Bill Nye, but I think he does it better.

  99. K Dubb

    K Dubb9 soat oldin

    @Omega Galaxy Lets get him a LAB!

  100. Young Grape

    Young Grape11 soat oldin

    @Aziz maher c a p

  101. Aziz maher

    Aziz maher12 soat oldin

    @Omega Galaxy going supersonic is way better than being in a lab

  102. Omega Galaxy

    Omega Galaxy23 soat oldin

    The only thing he doesn't do is be in a lab lol😂😂

  103. BAOQIANG Li

    BAOQIANG Li8 kun oldin

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  104. Earth Dweller

    Earth Dweller8 kun oldin

    You don’t need no fancy gauges and screens you can just tell when you are going fast enough

  105. avlog monster

    avlog monster8 kun oldin

    9:11 .69 just had to call it out

  106. Adrian Games

    Adrian Games8 kun oldin

    6:48... “throwing gang sign out the window ya bishhh”

  107. DREAMcLOUd 907

    DREAMcLOUd 9078 kun oldin

    This isn’t even the most maneuverable plane to. It definitely is one but its not the most

  108. murd777

    murd7778 kun oldin

    I wonder how much that cost to the tax payers?

  109. Monster Messgarage

    Monster Messgarage8 kun oldin

    Just fantastic across the board thanks I enjoyed

  110. HungerCake

    HungerCake8 kun oldin

    i tapped out watching this

  111. Josh Weinberg

    Josh Weinberg8 kun oldin

    2:41 thought he said 45 g's