How Planes Survive High-Gs

21. des.. 2019
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Writer/Narrator: Brian McManus
Editor: Dylan Hennessy
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  • We also just released a video over on Real Science detailing how the U.S. eradicated Malaria.

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    • 8:04 : for that loading diagram you have drawn wrong curve for SFD and BMD.

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    • What if the whole cabin rotate like a ball in a ball Then their will be no wrong gravity effects

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    • 6:19 not cool handshake.

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    • What position do you play?

      Fish'n'ChipsFish'n'Chips9 måneder siden
  • Ok, lets be honest here. The us has never been good at making the most agile planes. Its just fact. Same goes with the F22. In a close dogfight, a Su57 would dance around it, but the point of the F22 is to kill without being seen. It may be able to dogfight older jets semi-well, but the combat tactics of most modern American jets is to kill at well over 10 kilometers.

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  • I hate the Z vertical axis. Y is Vertical who ever invented the Z vertical axis has the same kind of thought as the guy who invented the Imperial system.

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  • These aeroplanes can pull nine with male pilots, 10 with female... I think the '16 is limited to 9... A beautiful machine.

    gmortimer20031gmortimer200313 dager siden
  • wait does that mean russian pilot experience more g than other cuz sukhoi plane is highly manouverable

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  • You said “Thunderbirds” wrong. It should be “Tunderbirds”. 😆

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  • Grandpa got light headed by farming potatoes -A real Irishman

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  • I thought that was a Clip from when Gerard Butler welt there

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  • I’ve only experienced 5’s but for a very short period of time (roller coaster) and I can definitely feel the increase in blood on my legs, they feel a little bit numb

    The Lazer ProjectThe Lazer Project17 dager siden
  • You’re a hero educating the public with your videos. Good on you man!

    DaveWhiteInYoFaceDaveWhiteInYoFace19 dager siden
  • 3:03 wouldn't birds like hawks an falcons be able to handle higher g-forces from turning?

    Planet SPlanet S24 dager siden
  • try vertical from mach 1

    NyaefnaNyaefna24 dager siden
  • How about peregrine falcons how many g’s do they pull when coming out of a 200+ mph dive?

    Fly to DeathFly to Death26 dager siden
  • I love then ancestors analogy you made. It’s so awesome to think about the hundreds and hundreds of thousand gals and guys behind oneself. Great video as always.

    Stefan NStefan NMåned siden
  • Brian Mcanus

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  • The highest G I've pulled is standing up off the toilet after watching a 2 hour joe rogan podcast. Definitely felt like a solid 9 Gs haha

    Stay FrostyStay FrostyMåned siden
  • I use to be all about this stuff. Ride on a roller-coaster. Race dirt track in late mods.. Take as much punishment on the body as possible. Now, just watching this just made my head spin and me sick.

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  • Hahahahahahahahahaha

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  • This is not the I like your cut G

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  • I had my highest g in the hammer

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  • “The avatar state” explanation 😂

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  • Birds actually pull around 10 G and up to 14 G regularly

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  • I did some work for a company that was hired to make the upper wing skin section for the F-15. The Plate that was used was like 1.25" high and weighed around 1,000 lbs. It could not weigh more that 75 lbs. after machining out little I beams.

    Erik 567Erik 567Måned siden
  • The avatar ancestral dna memory tangent KILLED me🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Joshua DelahoussayeJoshua DelahoussayeMåned siden
  • what a view...i love aircraft and especially fast combat jets

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  • kampf means fight, war translates to krieg so kurvenkampf literally translates turningfight (fight of the turns as kurven translates to turns and turning) yes im aware i am a dickhead

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  • I’m so jealous that u got to fly with the thunderbirds. Being a fighter pilot is my dream...

    Chase VisserChase VisserMåned siden
    • And the fact that they use F16s makes it even better.

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  • i wonder how your body would react to g force while on caffeine or adderall

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  • Me on my way to Belka to get a High Over G suit

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  • More Gs means more maneuverability to out-turn "Flankers" and "Fulcrums"

    Enzo CanedoEnzo Canedo2 måneder siden
  • Can you make a video on the F-22

    Devadyumna VijayDevadyumna Vijay2 måneder siden
  • Having pulled 2g in a light aircraft I can’t even imagine 4 or even 6

    John the GreekJohn the Greek2 måneder siden
  • I watch this while I’m drunk and always have a good time

    stacy swissstacy swiss2 måneder siden
  • While digging for potatoes😂😂😂

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  • "There's a 100 mph." I would eject right there because of imperial.

    Αιμίλιος ΣπηλιόπουλοςΑιμίλιος Σπηλιόπουλος2 måneder siden
  • ah this was before the dark times

    Emanuel GonzalezEmanuel Gonzalez3 måneder siden
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  • I'm more concerned for the pilot than the plane

    M.R.V.NM.R.V.N3 måneder siden
  • Go USAF

    Raymond LRaymond L3 måneder siden
  • That voice kinda sounds like Charles. THIS IS THE GREATEST PLAAAAN!!

    Xenon G.Xenon G.3 måneder siden
  • Meanwhile, I felt 50 g’s when I was being put back Into the dentist’s chair

    Ankit KaleAnkit Kale3 måneder siden
  • Once my plane broke up midair because i repeatedly pulled up high G's. But I got over it soon and respawned as a Tank

    Swetang SharmaSwetang Sharma3 måneder siden
  • Most of the time the video was ok but a bit of propaganda in the end ruined the impression.

    DruidDruid3 måneder siden
  • You said no animal has ever experienced this in the last 4 billion years something like that but what about a perigrine falcon which can pull ver 20 g’s coming out of a dive

    Paul Van HuisstedePaul Van Huisstede3 måneder siden
  • This was quite a waste of fuel and money just to experience 4,5g. In almost every glider you can experience 5,3g, in some 7g. A flight would cost between 5€ and 100€. This is also way more impressive, since you might have a wing span of 15-30m and an aspect ratio of over 40.

    Valerio OddoneValerio Oddone3 måneder siden
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  • The main problem with high g manoeuvres is that they are terribly addictive. And I am not saying that only in the "fun" term. Your body gets used to high accelerations. When you pull high g in GA aerobatics planes or gliders, you might exceed what the airplane is able to take, simply because feeling alone start to deceive you, and things get ugly. So when you perform these manoeuvres you have to be very careful with your speed and acceleration.

    Stefano BoriniStefano Borini3 måneder siden
  • Like my brain was trying to go into the avatar state and ask my ancestors for advice on how to deal with this shit, but not a single one of them even knew what an F-16 was. The closest any of them got to this level of G's was when my grand papi stood up too fast in 1932 while digging potatoes and got a little light headed. Done. Im dead. Need a g suit to dig up veggies.

    Nick WalkerNick Walker3 måneder siden
  • 3:13, only the genius and stupidity of mankind So true

    DevNandan NairDevNandan Nair3 måneder siden
  • 6:45 It is possible to pull high g's in a glider.

    Armin UlrichArmin Ulrich3 måneder siden
  • Watching this remembering the good times when I could travel and do cool shit. I miss you 2019.

    Real EngineeringReal Engineering3 måneder siden
    • @Alan Knight me too dude, me too...

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    • I feel that

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  • Avatar state, YIP, YIP!

    Caleb LarsenCaleb Larsen4 måneder siden
  • I looked it up and apparently some birds of prey can experience high g forces in flight. Your statement eluding to "No animal on earth has evolved to handle g's" may not be entirely accurate if not restricted to mammals.

    Nobody's BusinessNobody's Business4 måneder siden
  • how can aircraft such as su 47 survive high gs with the forward swept wings???

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  • "The Genius and Stupidity of Mankind" I lost it right there, LOL

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  • lucky bastard

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  • Something wrong.. that no animals experienced it.. what about animals went to space?

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  • they use g fuel

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  • An f16: millions of dollars of research and development that involved the best minds of earth to design it. A human being: oh just evolution and product of chance and coincidence. Has there [not] come upon man a period of time when he was not a thing [even] mentioned? Indeed, We created man from a sperm-drop mixture that We may try him; and We made him hearing and seeing. Indeed, We guided him to the way, be he grateful or be he ungrateful. [Quran 76 : 1-3 ]

    JosephJoseph4 måneder siden
  • I really liked the term, “genius and stupidity of man”.

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  • Over G Over G pull up

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  • Nice video, but long before man started to fly the planes, the peregrine falcon was able to generate more than 25 G's on a regular basis pulling from a dive ;)

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  • I could literally feel the first G. I fell into my chair. Everything went black and i was almost knocked out somehow. I think its because i felt high G's before. Like when some pilots turn too hard i just get knocked out. Im not sure if i reached 2 G's yet but all i know is that i almost got knocked out🤣🤣🤣 Edit: i reached 24 G's in a spitfire in war thunder before but as i was going to slow down my pilot was unconscious and the plane ripped itself apart

  • I learn so much with your commentary! Thank you so much. I look forward to more and more!

    Kip WKip W4 måneder siden
  • Yes, I understand all these words

    OriginalOriginal4 måneder siden
  • Or..... you just fly a Hercules and not get your body destroyed

    Ethan GreenEthan Green4 måneder siden
  • The first person who pulls off a weightless maneuver is the real OG.

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  • I'm always amazed how strong the wings are to hold the weight of ordinance with all the G's Even the pylons weigh a lot...

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  • Hm? Wait, I thought the Thunderbirds only have 1-seat F-16s? I do have 2-seat version in their arsenal? UPDATE: Yeah, they do have F-16D's

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  • 2:58 "...this is how you evolved....." huh? You making an absolute statement here? How do you know our bodies, biology ever "evolved"??? Cant wait.

    Cathartic CanuckCathartic Canuck4 måneder siden
  • 2:37 gravity? what is that? Is it an absolute fact? Love to hear more about this proven force.

    Cathartic CanuckCathartic Canuck4 måneder siden
  • The irish killed me

    SluaghSluagh4 måneder siden
  • "any animal in the past 4.5 billion years of evolution on Earth has experienced." I somewhat disagree. Bats, Swifts, and Pterosaurs are structurally capable of taking 20 G in a turn and have to go after extremely maneuverable prey. The G force of a Falcon impacting large aerial prey must be enormous. Slowing impulsively from over 100 m/s to less than 50 and then slowing quickly to even lower speeds as the drag from stalled feathers of their prey slows then further. The quick maneuvers and insane dynamic pressure (comparable to a rifle bullet) on a billfish must imply crazy high G loading. That amount of dynamic pressure is more than on supersonic jets or reentering spacecraft.

    Peter SmythePeter Smythe4 måneder siden
  • The one question I have is does the G force in a fighter jet feel the same in a roller coaster? Which I think the max G force I ever did was on the Tennessee Tornado in Dollywood which at max handles 3.7 G’s

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  • Lol 4G.

    Rich CookRich Cook4 måneder siden
  • Planes specially fighter jets are build to handle loads of Gs. They are only limited to 9Gs because the human body can't handle more than are few minutes at that rate.

    Mac long KockMac long Kock4 måneder siden
  • I have felt just 4 Gs on a 30 degree turn on a Piper Cherokee P28, I cannot imagine how 9Gs will feel like.

    Nikolaos ChamouzasNikolaos Chamouzas5 måneder siden
  • physics for 6th grade... who doesnt know that?

    Sergey ShaposhnikovSergey Shaposhnikov5 måneder siden
  • Standing fast to feel high-Gs huh mhmmm interesting........

    Ravenfield PlayerRavenfield Player5 måneder siden
  • Small correction. For the plane to have 4 wings it would have to be a quadroplane, wing is the entire thing, wing console is the term to go.

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  • You can definitely tell he was well trained by the way he was breathing when he pulled high Gs. Also, the Irish bit was, "Are the English still here? Don't speak English. I am hungry" XD

    Darius StarrettDarius Starrett5 måneder siden
  • 16:23 aaa rip you overran the aircraft carrier

    alec zhongalec zhong5 måneder siden
  • My only experience of g-forces is 7g overloads from war thunder

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  • Bro you handsome

    Darwin BoderoDarwin Bodero5 måneder siden
  • You forgot to mention the metal stamping technique pioneered by Germans which greatly aided in strong but light wings

    Jatinder SainiJatinder Saini5 måneder siden
  • ...except for male humming birds, most raptors, and small jumpy insects among others for example, a peregrine falcon regularly pulls 25 - 27 g's when hunting

    Benny EllisBenny Ellis5 måneder siden
  • there are 2 types of irish men, jackscepticeye pro gamer, and epic big brain enginnee

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  • what a vertical climb

    GUNpo364GUNpo3645 måneder siden
  • What is G?

    Sam ZigglerSam Ziggler5 måneder siden
    • standard acceleration of 9.80665 meters/sec^2 by definition.

      Hernan PosnanskyHernan Posnansky3 måneder siden