Military Traditions

October 14, 2021 By Julie Turner

Local Planner: Rowland Freedom Center

The Rowland Freedom Center, named for the center’s co-chair Herm Rowland, the chairman of the Jelly Belly Candy Company, offers an up-close look at aviation and military history throughout the years.

Located at the Nut Tree Airport, the museum features both aircraft and exhibits, including:

  • World War II British Spitfire
  • 1912 Gonzales Brothers Biplane, one of the first aircrafts built in California
  • 1935 Kinner Playboy, a low wing monoplane — the last believed to be in existence
  • Bell Helicopters UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” from the Vietnam-era

Visitors can peruse tanks, antique airplanes, and military memorabilia from World War I and World War II eras, including vehicles and displays from the American Armory Museum in Fairfield.

The center, formerly known as the Center for Freedom and Flight, is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. It is located at 300 County Airport Road, Suite C4, Vacaville, CA 95688.

Suggested admission donation for adults aged 18-64 is $5 and $3 for children aged 4-17. Active-duty service members, veterans, adults over age 65 and children under 3 are free.


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