Jack’s Back, and Now He’s Tracking the Russians

Jack Sweeney, the 19 year old student famous for tracking Elon Musk’s private jet, is at it again. This time he’s applying his talents to tracking the Russian super rich.

Russia’s ongoing invasion of the Ukraine is topping international news sites. Jack’s antics do provide some relief for readers overwhelmed by shocking footage of the war. They may also hold relevance as the international community carries out asset seizures on Russia’s elite. Timing is everything and Sweeney is making sure he gains as much exposure as he can for his obvious talents.


Watching Russia’s Wealthy

Sweeney’s @RUOligarchJets Twitter account tracks over 30 planes and helicopters belonging to almost 20 oligarchs. He tracks elite Russians include its richest resident Vladimir Potanin, billionaire gas mogul Leonid Mikhelson, businessman Alisher Usmanov, and Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich.

An unnamed Russian authority says that Sweeney’s information could be useful for future asset seizure.


Finding Vladimir

Jack has also opened a second Twitter account that tracks Russian planes. @Putinjet tracks planes registered to President Putin and other Russian VIP aviation travellers. Sweeney warns that, although the account can track flights, it does not provide any real context or clarity on who is travelling or their travel reasons.

Jack Sweeney has marvelled about the size and grandeur of the Russian planes that his bots track.The aircrafts these oligarchs have are absolutely crazy,” he told Bloomberg, “their planes are huge compared to other jets.”

Russia’s elite globetrot in craft including Airbus A319s and Boeing 737s.


“Paparazzi” Aviation Intelligence

Others offer similar services to Sweeney, but the easy accessibility to his makes it unique. The fact that his bots track the super-rich, also makes his service popular.

Colby Howard is the President of Paragon Intel, which provides JetTrack, a corporate aviation intelligence program. He describes Sweeney’s Twitter accounts as the “People Magazine version” of aviation intelligence. “People are obsessed with wealth more than ever. It’s almost a form of paparazzi, that’s why this is popular,” he told Bloomberg.


Update on the Sweeney-Musk Saga

Jack Sweeney still tracks Elon Musk’s private jet. He also tracks those of the rapper Drake, billionaire founder Mark Cuban, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Microsoft’s Bill Gates, among others.

Elon Musk made a well-documented $5K offer to Jack Sweeney to remove his tracking account. Jack’s still tracking him though. He’s said that he’ll delete the account in exchange for a new Tesla Model 3. As yet, Musk has not responded positively.

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