Licensed pilot and New Jersey native Samuel Brozina provides a closer look at his local army air field museum in Millville, NJ.
Samuel Brozina, Millville, NJ, is a licensed pilot and the proud owner of his very own vintage low-wing monoplane aircraft. A lifelong aviation enthusiast currently working as a landscaping service foreman in his home city of Millville, Samuel Brozina shares details of his local army air field museum – Millville Army Air Field Museum in Millville, New Jersey.
“Millville Army Air Field Museum promises military air power, warbirds, static displays, food and family fun, and more,” says Brozina, a local pilot and landscaping service foreman.
“Honoring our aviation heritage, Millville Army Air Field Museum is preserving the Millville Army Air Field story and its impact on the world,” Brozina continues. The Millville Army Air Field Museum, he explains, is dedicated to telling the stories of those who trained there, those who died there, and those who went on to serve the United States in World War II and other wars.
A licensed pilot, Samuel Brozina is the proud owner of a vintage ERCO Ercoupe low-wing monoplane aircraft. “Drive by any small airport and you’re bound to see any number of Cessnas, Pipers, and Beechcraft, but you probably won’t see any Ercoupes,” says Brozina of the rare vintage aircraft, now out of production for exactly 50 years.
Only around 2,000 Ercoupes survive today, with fewer than 1,000 still registered to fly, according to the licensed pilot, a New Jersey native born and raised in the popular city of Millville.
Brozina’s own Ercoupe came from nearby Quakertown in Pennsylvania, around 50 miles north of Philadelphia and less than 100 miles from his home city of Millville, NJ. “I was amazed to find one so close by,” he reveals.
Turning his focus back to Millville Army Air Field Museum, Samuel goes on to explain how the popular local attraction is supported by memberships, sponsorships, and event attendance. “Memberships, sponsorships, and event attendance all help Millville Army Air Field Museum to preserve the airport’s great history,” adds Millville-based Brozina.
Located in Cumberland County, Millville is popular with residents and visitors alike, boasting attractions including the Levoy Theatre, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, and Maurice River Bluffs Nature Preserve, in addition to Millville Army Air Field Museum.
Millville Army Air Field Museum is open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. For further details or to learn more about Millville Army Air Field Museum in Millville, NJ, head to https://p47millville.org/.
Licensed pilot, former Revolutionary War reenactor, and traditional Ukrainian art aficionado Samuel Brozina offers a closer look at his passions.
From an insight into his hobby of dyeing Ukrainian Easter eggs to becoming the proud owner of an ERCO Ercoupe vintage aircraft, Samuel Brozina, NJ resident and Millville native, has spoken at length about his hobbies, interests, and other loves in recent months. Also touching on his background volunteering as a Revolutionary War reenactor, Brozina, from Millville, New Jersey, recaps his passion for aviation, traditional art, history, and more.
“Ukrainian Easter eggs, or pysanka, are eggs decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs,” revealed Samuel Brozina, Millville resident and licensed pilot, last year. He took up the art, he says, as a child and has continued ever since.
Also last year, Samuel Brozina shared news of landing himself a rare classic aircraft. “I’ve always been a fan of World War II warbirds,” revealed the pilot, “however, among civilian aircraft, the ERCO Ercoupe has always caught my fancy.”
Now the proud owner of his own Ercoupe, Brozina went on to share a brief history of ERCO, or the Engineering and Research Corporation, now founded precisely 90 years ago. “The company was started by Henry Berliner in 1930,” revealed Samuel. He was, he further went on to point out, a pioneer of modern aviation innovation and development, and was responsible for the experimental Berliner Helicopter, in addition to the classic low-wing monoplane aircraft, the Ercoupe.
Samuel Brozina has also shared, in detail, his background volunteering as a Revolutionary War reenactor. He would later go on to outline several key aspects of becoming a successful war reenactor, and offer tips for aspiring war reenactment participants.
He’s also volunteered a brief but interesting and insightful look back at the history of his home city of Millville, New Jersey. “In 1795, Captain Joseph Buck, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, began to draw up plans for Millville having recognized the area for its dense forests and position on the Maurice River,” Samuel Brozina, New Jersey-based pilot and history buff, said at the time.
Later, Samuel Brozina, NJ born and raised, provided a personal look at his home city. Millville recently received a $125,000 Neighborhood Preservation Program grant to strengthen the economic vitality of the city’s downtown district and Center City neighborhood. “It’s great to see Millville recognized,” said Brozina upon receipt of the news, wrapping up, “by the state’s Department of Community Affairs in this way.”
To learn more about former Revolutionary War reenactor, traditional Ukrainian Easter egg dyeing aficionado, and licensed pilot Samuel Brozina, from Millville, New Jersey, visit https://samuelbrozinamillvillenj.com/.
Licensed pilot and lifelong resident Samuel Brozina provides a personal look at his home city of Millville, New Jersey.
Located in Cumberland County, New Jersey, Garden State native and lifelong Millville resident Samuel Brozina, a licensed pilot and landscaping service foreman, offers a closer look at his home city.
“Millville was originally incorporated as a township in 1801, before being reincorporated as a city on March 1, 1866,” reveals Brozina, “based on the results of a referendum that was passed on the same day.”
The city, the Millville native and licensed pilot goes on to explain, derives its name from the surrounding area’s abundance of mills. Brozina recently went into detail about this while speaking of the city’s history.
“The city dates back to the late 1700s, when, recognizing the area’s potential, with plentiful woodland and near to the Maurice River, Revolutionary War veteran Captain Joseph Buck first sought to establish Millville in 1795,” Brozina explained last month. “Some five years later,” he goes on, “vacant lots went up for sale and the then-small village of Millville was organized as a township in 1801.”
Today, Millville is, Samuel Brozina says, perhaps best known for the New Jersey Motorsports Park, Levoy Theatre, and Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, as well as for being home to the Southwind Vineyard & Winery and Glasstown Brewing Company.
Notable people from Millville, New Jersey, include horror fiction writer Julie Ann Dawson, Overkill guitarist Merritt Gant, professional football player Dwayne Hendricks, politician James R. Hurley, independent filmmaker and author Daniel D. Warwick, and Major League Baseball player, nicknamed ‘The Millville Meteor,’ Mike Trout, according to Brozina.
The city, he points out, has a generally pleasant humid subtropical climate. Bordering municipalities include Deerfield Township, Lawrence Township, Downe Township, Commercial Township, Maurice River Township, and Vineland City. “Millville enjoys excellent transport links to New York City, Philadelphia, and elsewhere,” notes licensed pilot Brozina of his home city, “including by boat, thanks to the Maurice River which runs through the heart of the city.”
Millville, NJ, under Mayor Michael Santiago, and Vice-Mayor W. James Parent, recently received a $125,000 Neighborhood Preservation Program grant, according to Samuel Brozina, to strengthen the economic vitality of Millville’s downtown district and Center City neighborhood.
Last year, he says, marked the first time in over a decade that the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs had awarded Neighborhood Preservation Program grants. “It’s great to see Millville recognized by the state’s Department of Community Affairs in this way,” adds Brozina, wrapping up.
History buff Samuel Brozina, from Millville, New Jersey, shares a brief timeline of the famous American War of Independence.
A licensed pilot and former Revolutionary War reenactor, Samuel Brozina, a graduate of Cumberland County College from Millville, New Jersey, delves into the famous war’s timeline from 1775 to 1783.
“Fought from 1775 to 1783, the American Revolutionary War is also known as the American War of Independence,” explains Brozina, a licensed pilot, landscaping service foreman, history buff, and lifelong resident of the New Jersey city of Millville. The Revolutionary War, he says, started with the confrontation encountered between troops from Britain and local militia stationed at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts.
“The Revolutionary War began following confrontation between troops from Britain and militia stationed at Lexington and Concord,” says Brozina, “in Massachusetts, now officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the most populous state in New England.”
According to the expert and former Revolutionary War reenactor, this initial confrontation occurred on April 19, 1775. “In the years that followed, state troops and local militia alike supplemented the Federal Army,” he explains.
The total number of men, however, who served is not known. “What we do know, though,” Brozina continues, “is that men aged anywhere between 16 and 60 may have served, whether in the Federal Army, the State Line Troops, or as part of a local militia mustered to assist the cause.”
What followed, later in 1775, were the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, and the Battle of Bunker Hill, also in Massachusetts. “In 1776 and 1777, there was the Battle of Trenton, New Jersey, the Battle of Princeton, New Jersey, and the Battle of Brandywine, Pennsylvania,” adds Brozina, “before Washington’s army established its headquarters at Valley Forge.”
Valley Forge functioned as one of eight military encampments for the Federal Army’s main body, Samuel Brozina reveals, commanded by General George Washington. “In 1778,” he continues, “the U.S. and France entered into a military alliance, following which came the Battle of Monmouth in New Jersey.”
A year later, in June 1779, Spain declared war against the British, according to history buff Brozina. “Spain won the Battle of Baton Rouge in the same year, keeping the British out of the Mississippi Valley as a result,” he adds.
Charleston, South Carolina, was then captured by the British in 1780 and remained occupied until December 1782, Brozina reveals. “Around the same time, still in 1780, the Battle of Camden, South Carolina, occurred,” he notes, “followed by the Battle of Cowpens near the Broad River, and, in North Carolina, the Battle of Guilford Court House in 1781.”
The same year, the British lost the so-called Battle of Pensacola, Florida, and British Army general and official Charles Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia. “Twelve months on, in November 1782, a preliminary peace treaty was signed in Paris, France,” adds Samuel Brozina, wrapping up, “before the final peace treaty was eventually signed, again in Paris, close to a year later on September 3, 1783.”
Former war reenactor Samuel Brozina, from Millville, New Jersey, shares a number of tips for those interested in joining the hobby.
War reenactment, a facet of more general historical reenactment, is an effort to recreate the appearance of particular battles or other similar events from the past by hobbyists known as war reenactors, or living historians. Samuel Brozina, from Millville, New Jersey, and whose background is in Revolutionary War reenactment, offers four tips for those aspiring to join the hobby.
“First, you should be in good health,” says Samuel Brozina, who, for many years, spent considerable time volunteering as a Revolutionary War reenactor, “and be able to perform a range of physical activities called for when partaking in war reenactments.”
Some roles, he goes on to explain, are not as demanding as others. “Participants should, however,” adds the expert, “be able to survive for hours or even days without the usual comforts of modern life which we now take for granted.”
“Next, find a local group to join,” suggests Samuel Brozina, a qualified pilot and local landscaping service foreman born and raised in Millville, New Jersey. Reenactors, he explains, often form or join groups of men and women interested in the same historical time period. As with joining any other organization, Samuel says it’s important to look for a group of people whose company you’ll enjoy on an everyday basis. “Make sure that you choose a group which suits the experience you’re looking to achieve in your role as a reenactor,” adds the New Jersey native and former Revolutionary War reenactor and volunteer.
Third among Samuel Brozina‘s tips is to become acquainted with the time period and the persona chosen, selected, or assigned by a group. “What did they eat, what did they wear, what beliefs did they hold dear, and how did they interact with others of differing social status?” asks Brozina. “It’s essential to have a good grasp of the historical facts,” he goes on to reveal, “and research is always advised, even if you’re already a history buff!”
Brozina’s fourth tip for aspiring war reenactment participants is both straightforward and extremely important, according to the expert. Asked for a closing piece of advice, the Millville, New Jersey-based expert turns simultaneously to enjoyment and education.
“Most of all,” he adds, wrapping up, “enjoy the time you spend as the living face of history to members of the public who want to learn more, and have plenty of fun in the process.”
Licensed pilot Samuel Brozina offers a personal insight into his time spent as a volunteer Revolutionary War reenactor.
For a number of years, Samuel Brozina spent considerable time volunteering as a Revolutionary War reenactor. From being able to explain what it was like to have lived back in time, to learning all there is to know about a given role or persona, Brozina reveals what it takes to be a successful volunteer reenactor and why he loved the process so much.
“I found it a personally rewarding experience and would recommend the hobby to anyone interested in learning about history,” reveals Brozina, a licensed pilot from Millville, New Jersey. There are, he says, few better ways to learn than by spending hours in the shoes of someone who actually lived in the past.
According to Brozina, the hobby is attractive to persons of all ages, from children to seniors. “Anyone willing to imagine themselves transported back in time could be a volunteer Revolutionary War reenactor,” he suggests.
Reenactors take their roles very seriously, and Sam, he says, was no exception. “The hobby can become somewhat expensive as uniforms and equipment are expected to be authentic,” explains Brozina, “both in appearance and appropriate to the character of a person who lived in a bygone era.”
The physical requirements, however, are, according to the expert, rather more simple. “As long as a person is in good health and able to perform a level of physical activity, they should be able to find a role,” Brozina explains. “You could take the role of an actual historical individual,” he adds, “or a more general persona such as a nameless farmer who joined a militia or a private serving in the Continental Army or the Pennsylvania Line, for example.”
Born and raised in Millville, New Jersey, Samuel Brozina, a licensed pilot, is the proud owner of a rare ERCO Ercoupe aircraft. The pilot is also passionate about traditional art, and, in particular, the process of dyeing Ukrainian Easter eggs. “It’s both a relaxing hobby,” Brozina suggests, “as well as drawing me closer to the roots of the Ukrainian side of my family.”
Brozina has previously spoken at length about his love of traditional Ukrainian Easter egg dyeing while showcasing his broad range of hobbies and interests, as well as looking back on the history of aerospace and defense manufacturer ERCO in light of landing his own ERCO Ercoupe airplane.
“I believe that maintaining a number of hobbies and interests is important,” he adds, wrapping up, “and look forward to possibly revisiting my love of war reenactment once again when time permits.”
To learn more about former Revolutionary War reenactor, licensed pilot, and traditional Ukrainian Easter egg dyeing aficionado Samuel Brozina, from Millville, New Jersey, visit https://samuelbrozinamillvillenj.com/.
Licensed pilot and hobby artist Samuel Brozina reveals his favorite Easter tradition.
An active member of his local church, Samuel Brozina is proud to continue a tradition today enjoyed by fewer and fewer church members – Ukrainian Easter egg dyeing. A qualified pilot and landscaping service foreman from Millville, New Jersey, Brozina provides a closer look at the tradition of preparing Ukrainian Easter eggs.
“As a member of my local Ukrainian Orthodox church, I’m proud to be continuing the ancient art of traditional Easter egg dyeing,” explains Brozina, an active member of Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Millville, New Jersey.
At Easter, he and his father, to this day, continue to honor the tradition of preparing Ukrainian Easter eggs. “Each traditional Ukrainian Easter egg, or pysanka, is decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs,” says Brozina. Pysanka, he explains, are created by drawing—in wax—directly upon an egg’s shell with a special tool.
“When the egg is dipped in a bath of dye, the areas covered by wax do not absorb the color,” reveals the Easter egg dyeing aficionado. “At the end of several steps of drawing and dyeing, and drawing and dyeing, the wax is melted off to show the design underneath,” he adds.
The eggs, and other traditional items, are then included in Easter baskets which are delivered to church—in Samuel Brozina’s case, Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Millville, New Jersey—to be blessed.
“My father and I have been dyeing these eggs since I was a small boy, and although a few may have been dropped and broken when I was little, I’ve since developed a steady hand as well as the necessary patience required to make a fine finished product,” Samuel explains.
While Sam says his father sticks with more traditional designs, he likes to let his creativity flow, and, accordingly, many of his eggs represent his own personal tastes. “Making these eggs is a relaxing hobby and draws me closer to the roots of the Ukrainian side of my family,” reveals Brozina.
“Today, fewer and fewer church members take the time to make pysanka,” he adds, wrapping up, “so my family and friends, proud of my efforts, are pleased to see the tradition continue for years to come.”
To learn more about licensed pilot, landscaping service foreman, and traditional Ukrainian Easter egg dyeing aficionado Samuel Brozina, from Millville, New Jersey, head to https://samuelbrozinamillvillenj.com/.
Lifelong aviation fan and licensed pilot Samuel Brozina looks back on his recent purchase of a rare classic aircraft.
Now out of production for close to half a century, the Engineering and Research Corporation’s classic low-wing monoplane aircraft—the Ercoupe—is, today, an increasingly rare sight both in the skies and on the nation’s airfields. A lifelong fan of aviation, licensed pilot Samuel Brozina takes a brief look back on the purchase of his own Ercoupe, acquired recently from a seller less than 100 miles from his home in Millville, New Jersey.
“Even now, a while later, I still consider myself to be extremely lucky,” beams Brozina, a self-proclaimed fan of so-called World War II warbirds.
Among civilian aircraft, however, it’s always been the Ercoupe that has caught Samuel’s eye. “Drive by any small airport, and you’re bound to see any number of Cessnas, Pipers, and Beechcrafts,” suggests the licensed pilot, hobby artist, and landscaping service foreman, “but you probably won’t see any Ercoupes.”
Built in the United States until 1970, the Ercoupe is a low-wing monoplane aircraft which was designed by the Engineering and Research Corporation, or ERCO. “The final model first flew in 1968, but unfortunately, production then ceased just two short years later,” adds the expert.
At launch, the ERCO Ercoupe was marketed as ‘the future of travel,’ according to Millville resident and New Jersey native Brozina. “Affordable, easily handled, and readily available for purchase, it became a media sensation,” he explains.
Immensely popular with civilian pilots of the era, the Ercoupe was attracting up to 6,000 orders per year at its height. “Production, I believe, only ended when the bottom began to fall out of the civil aircraft market,” adds Brozina.
Today, only around 2,000 Ercoupes survive, with fewer than 1,000 of those still registered to fly. “With such a small number still in existence, I feel even more lucky to be the proud owner of my own Ercoupe,” suggests an undeniably enthusiastic Brozina, who acquired his private pilot’s license several years ago.
Samuel Brozina’s own Ercoupe came from Quakertown, Pennsylvania, around 50 miles north of Philadelphia and less than 100 miles from his hometown of Millville, New Jersey. “I was amazed to find one so close by,” he reveals.
Since collecting his purchase, enthusiast Brozina has even commissioned a unique Ercoupe jacket patch. “Now,” he adds, wrapping up, “I’m always ready for takeoff!”
Licensed Pilot and Ercoupe Owner Samuel Brozina Shares a Brief History of Former Aerospace and Defense Manufacturer Engineering and Research Corporation, or ERCO
Founded almost 90 years ago, Engineering and Research Corporation, more commonly known as ERCO, was an aerospace and defense manufacturer famed for designing the ERCO Ercoupe, a low-wing monoplane aircraft beloved by vintage aviation enthusiasts including Samuel Brozina. A licensed pilot, New Jersey native, and graduate of Cumberland County College in Vineland, NJ, Brozina looks back on the history of ERCO, first established to produce tools for manufacturing aircraft, parts, and propellers.
“The company was started by Henry Berliner in 1930,” explains Samuel. Henry was, he says, the son of Emile Berliner. Emile Berliner had, previously, patented a variety of inventions tied to acoustics and sound. He was also a pioneer of modern helicopter innovation and development, responsible for the experimental Berliner Helicopter, according to aviation enthusiast Samuel Brozina.
“Henry Berliner originally founded ERCO to make tools for the production of airplanes, propellers, and other parts,” adds Samuel Brozina. “Berliner soon met aeronautical engineer Fred Weick,” he explains, “who had previously worked on an experimental aircraft with an emphasis on cutting edge safety features.”
The pair subsequently began work on what would come to be known as the ERCO Ercoupe. A lifelong aviation enthusiast, Samuel Brozina, from Millville, NJ, is a particular fan of the ERCO Ercoupe, owning one of fewer than a thousand examples of the low-wing monoplane aircraft still registered to fly in America. “The Ercoupe was designed and built by ERCO until shortly before World War II,” adds the expert, “following which several other manufacturers went on to continue its production, post-war.”
“Alongside Berliner, Fred Weick, in the early days, called it his ‘safety airplane,'” reveals Brozina, “and just one year after work started, a prototype Ercoupe took to the skies for the first time.”
Struggling to source a suitable engine to power the new airplane, ERCO hired specialist engine design engineer Harold Morehouse. “What he designed,” says Samuel, “was the inverted, in-line I-L 116.”
A year later, however, and with affordability a priority, second only to safety, ERCO discovered a more cost-effective option in the all-new Continental A-65 engine. “The A-65 generated similar horsepower,” Samuel Brozina explains, “but for around half the cost.”
The finished product was certified by the Civil Aviation Authority in 1940. Yet, in 1947, the designs, parts, tools, materials, and distribution rights for the aircraft were sold to Sanders Aviation, who continued to produce the Ercoupe post-World War II, independently of Berliner, Weick, and their team.
“In total, ERCO and Sanders Aviation successfully manufactured and sold slightly more than 5,000 Ercoupes,” adds Brozina, wrapping up, “before the small aircraft market in the U.S. began to fall into decline.”
Millville Senior High School graduate and former OotM team member Samuel Brozina offers a closer look at the creative problem-solving program.
A creative problem-solving program for students from kindergarten through college, Odyssey of the Mind sees team members work together to solve predefined long-term problems before presenting their solutions in a competition environment. Now a licensed pilot who, as a student, was involved in Odyssey of the Mind while studying at Millville Senior High School in Millville, New Jersey, Samuel Brozina explains more about the program, often abbreviated to OotM.
“The Odyssey of the Mind program was founded in 1978 at Glassboro State College in Glassboro, New Jersey,” reveals Brozina. The program’s first-ever competition, then known as Olympics of the Mind, involved students from 28 New Jersey schools, according to Samuel.
Odyssey of the Mind has since grown to include students from dozens of countries including Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. “Odyssey of the Mind teams are primarily split into four divisions,” explains Brozina, “known as Division I through Division IV.”
“In Division IV,” he continues, “each team member must have a high school diploma or equivalent, and be enrolled in one or more courses at either a two- or four-year university or college.”
A fifth non-competitive primary division also exists where students are given simplified problems and fewer constraints than in the higher divisions, according to Brozina. “Team sizes are always limited to a maximum of seven students,” adds the former Odyssey of the Mind team member.
The Odyssey of the Mind World Finals are held annually, usually at the end of May. “The past eight finals have each been won by either Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, or Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan,” Brozina reveals. Iowa State University took the title in 2018, 2016, 2014, and 2012, while Michigan State University was triumphant this year and in 2017, 2015, and 2013.
Samuel Brozina, from Millville, New Jersey, is a graduate of Millville Senior High School, a comprehensive community public high school located in Cumberland County, New Jersey. In addition to his involvement with Odyssey of the Mind, Brozina also served alongside teachers and administrators on the school’s leadership council, charged with planning and implementing various school improvement projects.
“Following my time at Millville Senior High School where I was involved with Odyssey of the Mind, I attended nearby Cumberland County College where I earned a degree in criminal justice,” reveals Brozina.
“I’ve since gone on,” he adds, wrapping up, “to acquire my private pilot’s license and have recently purchased my own airplane, a vintage ERCO Ercoupe, from a seller in Pennsylvania.”
To learn more about Samuel Brozina, visit https://samuelbrozinamillvillenj.com/.