NASA purchased fuel for Google jet fleet

Visual evidence of frog torture supplied by NASA, who has yet to purchase fuel for my jet.

Visual evidence of frog torture supplied by NASA, who has yet to purchase fuel for my jet.

NASA, when it wasn’t terrorizing amphibious lifeforms, was buying jet fuel for the billionaire founders of Google.

The sweet deal for Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin ended Aug. 31, reports the Wall Street Journal.

A company owned by Google purchased 2.3 million gallons of jet fuel at reduced costs since 2009, paying an average $3.19 per gallon. The corporate average is about $4.35 per gallon. Google’s deal with NASA had been in place since 2007.

“I don’t see how anybody can buy it that cheap,” said Fred Pitts, president of the Corporate Aircraft Association.

The company’s aircraft include a Boeing 767, Boeing 757, four Gulfstream Vs, helicopters and other aircraft. Three of the jets recently flew to Croatia so Page and his entourage could see his brother-in-law get married in a medieval hill town near the Adriatic Coast.

For the cheaper fuel,  Google allowed NASA to use a small trainer jet to measure greenhouse gases.

Now, it’s time to Google “irony.”

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Bernie31

September 13th, 2013
7:56 am

Is this not America? Do we not have a large percentage of MEMBERS of LUCKY GENE POOL CLUB?

If you have as much MONEY as the Google founders, would expect to PAY retail Prices?

I would say….I do NOT think so! IS it Right in comparison to the rest of US?……NOOOOOO!

So Genius, what are We to DO about this?

Our current BATCH of POLITICIANS are RIPPING US ALL OFF!

My response to this Do Nothing story is ….Better them than ME!! for if Roles were in reverse for reduced JET Fuel costs…for my Fleet of Jets. My response would be “FILL’er UP!” and I may even ask is it possible to bring a LARGE FUEL TRUCK? along as well.

Bernie31

September 13th, 2013
7:59 am

correction…oops!

Is this not America? Do we not have a large percentage of MEMBERS of The LUCKY GENE POOL CLUB?

If you have as much MONEY as the Google founders, would any of YOU, expect to PAY retail Prices?

I would say….I do NOT think so!

IS it Right in comparison to the rest of US?……NOOOOOO!

So Genius, what are We to DO about this?

Our current BATCH of POLITICIANS are RIPPING US ALL OFF! Then they smile and Look right into our Faces.

My response to this Do Nothing story is ….Better them than ME!!

for if Roles were in reverse for reduced JET Fuel costs…for my Fleet of Jets. My response would be “FILL’er UP!” and I may even ask is it possible to bring a LARGE FUEL TRUCK? along as well.

End the Police State

September 13th, 2013
8:24 am

And in return for cheap fuel, Google turned over the keys to their servers to the NSA and other criminal spy elements within the government. The internet was supposed to help advance freedom in the face of state tyranny. Instead, the internet companies have simply empowered the tyrannical state in the face of us.

joe

September 13th, 2013
8:53 am

Isn’t NASA’s #1 priority building up Muslim relations? Yea, sounds about right…

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Venom

September 13th, 2013
9:09 am

With as much of our personal information Google assists our federal government with obtaining about us, are we we sure this story of symbiotic fuel purchases shouldn’t read “N S A” instead of NASA?

Don't Tread

September 13th, 2013
9:18 am

Does the aircraft pre-flight checklist also include frog detection and removal, or do they just take a big leap of faith when the engines start?

Wonder if the NSA has been keeping tabs on the Google execs behind their backs, or do they still have 4th Amendment rights?

Bernie31

September 13th, 2013
9:35 am

Don’t Tread @ 9:18 am – The 4th Amendment was killed by Republican PRESIDENT George W. BUSH and his Rubber stamping Republican Congress on a Sunday evening at midnight in October 2001 while America slept!.

Remember The So called PATRIOT ACT?

The un-Patriot ACT was the DEATH BLOW to the 4th Amendment as we know it!

America awakened to the NEWS and quietly said in FEAR…OK! if it will keep US safe!

It has NOT and Never WILL!

Don't Tread

September 13th, 2013
10:09 am

That’s funny Bernie, because your god and idol 0bama isn’t doing anything to restore the 4th Amendment and has no plans to do so. So blame Bush all you want, but the fact remains that your side went along with the Patriot Act, refuses to repeal it, and has implemented a de facto expansion of it (without Congress’ approval of course) to justify their 24×7 electronic surveillance of all citizens, regardless of whether they are under investigation or not.

Thor

September 13th, 2013
10:11 am

This dovetails nicely with the story this week that the top 1% got all of the wage increases while the rest of us got cake, if we were that lucky, and that you would have to go all the way back to just before the Great Depression to find such income disparity. Someone on Morning Joe this morning called it social dynamite. That’s true, things will blow someday, but we will be the ones to die in the streets, not them. They have all the money, all the power, and all the decks stacked in their favor. And don’t give me that free enterprise crap either. These people have worked for decades through political prostitution and outright theft ( see financial meltdown, 2008) to satisfy their unbridled greed and now they have succeeded. It is their country now, not ours, and whoever believes that we still have a voice is just whistling past the graveyard of what used to be the Great Experiment. Democracy is dead, our political system terminally impotent. The struggle now is between Socialism (mostly Democrat) and Fascism (mostly Republican), and frankly neither one gives me very much confidence about the future for us, the common person. And our futures are something that our lords and masters do not give the slightest damn about either.

Tom

September 13th, 2013
10:55 am

That’s a very misleading headline, as per usual with the AJC. Google got a DISCOUNT in EXCHANGE for services. Until somebody can tell me how much the total amount of the discount and the amount it would have cost nasa to use another source for a high-altitude research jet, this article is nothing but fluff. Again, as usual. You’d think there would be SOME research being the article besides some web surfing.

George Mathis

September 13th, 2013
11:41 am

Tom, the headline is correct. NASA purchased the fuel from the Pentagon and resold it to Google at a reduced rate.

PMDR

September 13th, 2013
12:16 pm

Who writes the headlines over there, bacteria? NASA didn’t buy fuel FOR Google jets. NASA sold fuel TO Google. These are two different things. Selling fuel is not even an issue, merely whether Google paid fair market value for it. And I bet they can pay up if it turns out they didn’t. Their checks clear.

Bernie31

September 13th, 2013
12:26 pm

Don’t Tread @ 10:09 am – The Patrioit ACT has always been a WET DREAM of the Republican PARTY.

They saw the FEARFULNESS in Americans after 911. They agreed here is our chance. Lets wait until midnight and awaken George from his Drunken stupor and he will sign anything. Strange the silence from the right was deafening about the Patriot Act until they learned they were being swept up in all of the communication sweeps too!

DUUUGH!

A. Teesman

September 13th, 2013
12:28 pm

So, it was barter.

End the Police State

September 13th, 2013
1:33 pm

Face it clowns. Both the republicans and the democrats have been conspiring for decades to erode and destroy freedom and liberty in this country. Taking either side is to ignore the patently obvious.

The two party conspiracy allows either side the ability to con sheep like you folks into believing that you would be SO MUCH WORSE off if you vote for THEM over US. We MUST abandon the two parties and embrace a new direction. It should have been clear from the nomination of Bush, McCain, and Romney that the GOP has no intention of working for small government, freedom, or liberty. The same can be said about the recent democratic nominees with regards to traditionally democratic values such as privacy, human rights, civil liberties, and war. Even the so-called great conservative Reagan caused the national debt to grow by leaps and bounds despite his rhetoric to the contrary.

Pointing out the obvious criminality of the Bush administration doesn’t automatically make you an Obama lover and visa versa. Get over your love of the two party failure and start working for freedom. They purposely divide us so that we will no realize that THEY are the problem.

joe

September 13th, 2013
2:11 pm

@ Thor, LOL.

You sound like someone trying their best to start a union. Put all the blame at the feet of the rich that you haven’t been able to amount to anything. Nobody is putting a gun to your head like they do in N Korea and tell you to go dig a ditch (or whatever it is you do–crime fighter are you?)

If you don’t like your current stance in life, change it. Take some personal responsibility already and get off your arse. Go start a business…take another part time job…get off the blogosphere and make something of yourself. Quit blaming the 1% and take a good hard look in the mirror. Jeez.

Also, stop watching MSNBC, they are making you sound dumber than you probably are…well, maybe thats not possible.

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2:10 am

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