Despite Team Cormorant's best efforts to determine the cause and to remedy the tail rotor cracks, the helicopters continue to suffer from a variety of deficiencies. Crew members reported suffering from fumes and smoke in the cockpit, excessive vibrations, failed hoists and even recurring electric shocks. In addition to the documented woes, Esprit de Corps received an anonymous call from a Cormorant airfield advising us that spare parts for the new choppers are also in short supply.
Apparently one of the new helicopters has been sitting in a hangar for nearly two years because it is being cannibalized for replacement parts to keep the others flying. Fifteen Cormorants (above) were purchased at an estimated cost of $1.2 billion. At a unit price of $80 million that's one helluva expensive way to maintain