Google uses a refurb planeRefurbished items often get a bad rap – why? Well, people consider them ‘second class’ and only want to buy new and pay twice the price. Tonight the news caught my eye – and provided a perfect example of how frugal companies keep the budget balanced even when splurging a bit.

Google is operating a refurbished wide-body Boeing 767-200 out of Moffett Field a stones throw from their headquarters in California. Better yet, the field is owned and operated by NASA who is utilizing the extra space on the planes for instrumentation to collect data during flights for various studies.