Formerly Center for Freedom & Flight
Center for Freedom & Flight

Our Mission is to honor those who defend our freedom, to educate future generations about why we’re free and to promote patriotism. Our new name recognizes the incomparable passion and support of the Rowland Family in bringing this vision to life.

We’re open. Welcome Back.

The Rowland Freedom Center has reopened with social distancing measures in place. Please bring a mask and stay 6-feet apart from others.

Our hours are 10:00 AM - 4:00 pm every day.

Suggested Admission Donation - Adults 18-64 $5, Kids 4-17 $3, Active Duty, Veterans, Over 65 and Under 3 Free.

Sample of Current Displays

1912 Gonzales Brothers Biplane

One of the first aircrafts built in California, this unique example of aviation history was constructed by three teenage boys in San Francisco.

Donated by the Gonzales Family

1935 Kinner Playboy

Low wing monoplane. Of only 12 built, it’s believed to be the only one still in existence.

Powerplant: 160 hp Kinner R-5 (Series 2) air-cooled radial engine
Max. Speed: 138 mph
Service Ceiling: 14,000 feet
Range: 600 miles

On loan from Fredrick Patterson

1937 Ryan STA

Low wing monoplane. This particular Ryan was on display in the Nut Tree Restaurant until its closing.

Powerplant: 125 hp Menasco C4 inverted air-cooled inline engine
Max. Speed: 150 mph
Service Ceiling: 17,500 feet
Range: 350 miles

On loan from the Powers Family

Bell Helicopters UH-1 Iroquois “Huey”

Built in 1966, this Huey was shipped to Vietnam and in 1969 took an RPG hit to the main rotor causing it to go down in the jungle. There was one minor injury and the chopper was rebuilt and stayed in Vietnam until the end of the war.

Powerplant: 1,100 shp Lycoming T53-L-11 turboshaft Max. Speed: 135 mph Service Ceiling: 19,390 feet Range: 315 miles

Donated by Rice Aviation

1944 Willy’s Jeep

Mercedes W31 Command Car Replica

M-16 Half Track, Anti-Aircraft Vehicle

Willy’s Jeeps were manufactured by Ford Motor Company and are the iconic WWII ground transportation. On loan from Herm Rowland.

This replica of General Rommel’s W31 Command Car was used in the movie ”The Desert Fox” starring James Mason. It was also used in the TV series “Combat” with Rick Jason and Vic Morrow. On loan from Rick Stewart.

The M-16 Anti-Aircraft vehicle was used in WWII. On loan from David DiLoreto.

Thanks to the American Armory Museum in Fairfield for these vehicles and other displays.

The Center depends on your generosity to honor the people and technology that keeps us free.


Board of Directors

Herm Rowland – Co-Chair
Sandy Person – Co-Chair
Len Augustine – Vice-Chair
Jim Dunbar – Treasurer
Kelly Nice – Secretary

Staff Leadership

Paul Mirich – General Manager

Volunteer opportunities

Contact Paul Mirich

A 501 (C)(3) Not-for-Profit Corporation
Fed Tax: 68-0479628

300 County Airport Road Suite C4 Vacaville, CA 95688