Did Ludacris Really Buy a $20 Million Private Jet? No. Did Elon Musk really take a nine-minute private jet flight for a secret Twitter meeting? Yes.

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It’s late in the day on a Friday, so I decided to tackle two stories in one post. I’ve never done this before, but I own the website, so who’s going to stop me? In my defense, both stories involve celebrities and private jets, so I’m not totally crazy.

The first standing:

Did Ludacris buy a $20 million private jet?

No. But he bought a really cool private jet.

The internet was in turmoil today after reports that Ludacris may have bought a private jet worth over $20 million.

Rumors started buzzing Thursday night after Luda himself posted a series of photos and videos on Instagram in which he appeared to announce that he had purchased what appears to be a very nice private jet. Below is the video where Luda circles the plane which is, appropriately, JET black. Luda captioned the video with:

I bought myself a little graduation present. #familyupgrade #motivation.

Several news outlets, including TMZ, reported that Ludacris bought the jet for himself as a graduation gift for receiving an honorary degree in music management from Georgia State University.

TMZ also claimed that Ludacris was transitioning from a $20 million Hawker 700 private jet. The implication being that his new plane cost over $20 million.

Ludacris may indeed have upgraded a Hawker 700, but there’s no way his old jet cost $20 million. Hawker 700s were manufactured from 1977 to 1984. A brand new off-line Hawker 700 would have cost $4 million in 1984. Today, a used Hawker 700 would cost between $900,000 and $1.6 million depending on the mileage, condition and amenities. You can get one for as little as $400,000.

So let’s say Ludacris goes from a $1 million Hawker 700 to the plane that’s in his video.

What kind of jet did Ludacris just buy?

I just spent 30 minutes trying to figure out what type of jet Ludacris just purchased. And I think I succeeded. I actually think I found not just the model, the exact plane.

A big clue is that his new plane has lots of windows. Many more windows than you would find on any Gulfstream, Hawker or Citation. Based on this clue, a little more research led me to believe that Ludacris just purchased a Dassault Falcon 900.

A Dassault Falcon 900 in good condition would cost $3-4 million.

Here is a photo of a Dassault Falcon 900 photographed on a runway in Cannes, France in 2014. Sound familiar?

(JEAN-CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP via Getty Images)

Compare the jet in the photo above with the one in the background of this photo from Luda’s Instagram. Note the number of windows and the paint job, mainly the gray trim:

I think it’s literally the same plane. I actually found some interior shots of the Cannes plane and I’m 99% sure it’s the same plane.

If I’m not mistaken, Ludacris just purchased a 1984 Dassault Falcon 900 for 14 passengers, tail number G-HMEI. According to aircraft.com, Luda’s plane was completely refurbished in 2013. As we said before, a Dassault Falcon 900 would cost between $3 and $4 million.

Another very impressive upgrade and acquisition for Ludacris, but I want to clarify that it’s unlikely he spent more than $20 million on a plane. After all, that would make up almost all of Ludacris’ $30 million net worth.

Story #2:

Did Elon Musk really take a nine-minute private jet flight for a secret Twitter meeting?

Yes.

The New York Times today reported on a secret meeting between Elon Musk and top Twitter executives that took place last Friday at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. One of the juiciest bits of the Times article is the fact that Elon flew his $65 million Gulfstream G650 to the meeting. Normally that wouldn’t be a big deal, but the Times found the flight logs that showed Elon had flown to San Francisco since…

SAN JOSE.

For those unfamiliar with Bay Area geography, in heavy Friday afternoon traffic, driving from San Jose to Twitter headquarters would take an hour.

Elon’s flight lasted NINE MINUTES.

According to flight trackers, Elon took off from San Jose at 4:05 p.m. and landed at SFO at 4:14 p.m.:

For a guy who literally owns an electric car company and is trying to save the planet, this seems like…maybe not the most eco-friendly way to travel?

But he’s a busy guy and he’s done more for humanity than most in this area, so I’ll pass Elon on this one.

Have a nice week end!

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