Adopt the majestic aircraft that graces our London Museum’s entrance hall and make an exclusive salute to RAF history. By the start of World War Two in September 1939, three RAF squadrons had been equipped with the Sunderlands, a long-range reconnaissance and anti-submarine patrol flying boat. The Luftwaffe nicknamed the Sunderland ‘The Flying Porcupine’ because of the large number of machine guns it was equipped with. The final Coastal Command Sunderland operational mission was in June 1945 but long-range Sunderland operations also took place overseas from bases in Africa and the Far East. Sunderlands were later used in the Berlin Airlift in 1949. They remained operational for twenty years and were the last flying-boats of the Royal Air Force. The magnificent example in Hangar 1 flew with No. 201 Squadron during 1945 and later served with the French Navy.
Your adoption details
By adopting one of our iconic items you are playing a crucial role in helping us share the greatest stories ever told.
Each adoptee will receive a digital image of their adoption along with a certificate. Recognition of the adoption, including your name and an optional dedication message, will be listed on Collections Online. You will also receive tailored communication throughout the year about your adoption! Click here to see an example of the certificate and digital image received with your adoption.
Once you have completed your adoption, your digital certificate and image will be emailed to you, please allow up to five working days. If you have made the adoption as a gift, details of the gift will be taken after purchase. We will send the certificate and image out to you, with the gift recipient’s name included, which you can then give as a present.
Adoptions last 12 months from the purchase date. The Museum may remove items from display temporarily or permanently for essential operational or conservation reasons. Please check on our website for current location if you are travelling to see your object.
If you would like to adopt an object in the Standard tier exclusively, please do email us.