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Help Restore the Sunderland V NZ4115

  • $1,898.00 donated
  • 36 generous donors

MOTAT has a unique opportunity to conserve a Short S.25 Sunderland V Flying Boat.

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The Sunderland V is an artefact of national and international significance and is part of New Zealand’s Military Aviation History. The Sunderland V is a flying boat that operated from Lauthala Bay, Fiji and at its home base at Hobsonville, Auckland as part of No. 5 Squadron RNZAF from the 1940s to the 1960s. Our Sunderland is a rare survivor of an entire class of large, four engine flying boats that pioneered both international air travel to Australia and New Zealand and long-range military ocean reconnaissance from the 1930s to the early 1950s.It is one of just three surviving examples of the Short Sunderland flying boat retaining a military configuration.

New Zealand was the last military operators of the Sunderland in the world our Sunderland NZ4115 was retired on 22 December 1966, gifted to MOTAT, and moved here on 22 February 1967.

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We have started on the outside with painting the aircraft and we seek further funding to ensure we complete the conservation of the Sunderland V to its original Military configuration.

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MOTAT is New Zealand's largest transport and technology museum of its kind and offers a fun and exciting learning experience for visitors of all ages.

The core vision is to “use New Zealand’s heritage, kiwi ingenuity, transport, technology and associated stories in a creative and interactive way to educate and inspire the innovators of tomorrow.”

With our changing exhibitions, school holiday experiences, unique MOTAT events and live activities, MOTAT is a great place for a family day out. The magic MOTAT experience is a rich learning environment for all ages and tells stories about New Zealand aviation, energy, communications, rail, road transport, tramways and emergency and defence.

Spread across 40 acres at our two sites, MOTAT Great North Rd and MOTAT Meola Road, visitors can explore and discover the achievements that have helped shape New Zealand, from the 1800s to today. We have an extensive collection of items and possess very rare treasures which are of national significance to the people of New Zealand.

“Keep up the great work keeping alive NZ's aviation history!”
“My father flew to New Zealand by flying boat in 1948. They flew during the day landing at night staying in a hotel”
“This taonga deserves a few million from the Lottery Commission IMHO, to conserve what is actually a global treasure, being one of only 4 x Sunderlands still extant around the world (there are two known underwater wrecks, and pieces of a scrapped one in the Chatham Islands...”
“Such a good cause, great to preserve and show off an awesome piece of NZs history.”
“Keep up the great work!”
  • $1,898.00 donated
  • 36 generous donors

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