A return trip made by a commercial aircraft in which no cargo or
passengers are carried for hire. Deadhead also refers to a
crewmember catching a ride to or from a crew base to report for
duty or return home after a trip.
"We would need billions and billions and billions more
dollars. It is a balancing act of the entire portfolio of
warfighting capabilities that we need because we are catching up on
the peace dividend. And we can't afford to put all the money in
tankers that it would take to do something like
Source: Sue Payton, head of acquisitions for
the USAF, commenting to The Financial Times the Air Force won't
consider splitting its initial 80-plane order for new aerial
tankers between offerings from Boeing and EADS.