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Based on a true story

THE FLYING FLASK IS NOW ON AIR!

The First Flying Flask Flight in a Spitfire

The new Flying Flask took its maiden flight in the pocket of the pilot of an iconic Spitfire. Flight Lieutenant Charlie Brown paid us the honour of taking the very first Squadron 303 Vodka Flying Flask for a spin in his Spitfire bearing the square colours of the Polish Air Force. A fine gesture echoing the origin of the Flying Flask, directly inspired by the flask of another glorious Spitfire pilot, Walerian Zak (read article below). The new Flying Flask took its first flight inside the flying suit pocket of Charlie Brown, a pilot with over one thousand 1flying hours in Spitfires accomplished during his 30-year career as an RAF pilot. So went the official launch of operation ‘Back in the Sky’ during which the Flying Flask will be flying with prestigious warbird pilots. 
To be continued…

1939. After the invasion of their country by the German army, hundreds of Polish pilots joined the RAF to continue the fight among the allies.
Squadron 303 after duty

The squadron 303 in 1940

One of those squadrons has made History, becoming the most formidable opponent of the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain "Never was so much owed by so many to so few"
- Winston Churchill -
recording the most victories of any squadron in the RAF. Its name, the 303 Squadron. The 303 squadron gave rise to many tales of valour and legend celebrating their combat skills and lives in England. One of which relates that the pilots secretly brought a little piece of Poland with them by distilling their own vodka near the RAF bases. This unknown great story resurfaced decades after the end of the war with the discovery of a vodka flask that belonged to Walerian Zak, one of the 303 Squadron leaders. This was the beginning of the Squadron 303 vodka adventure.

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BACK IN THE SKY

1943, Walerian Zak is named Squadron 303 Leader. His brothers in arms offered him an engraved flask to celebrate the event.

2016, this very special flask resurfaced in an auction room in London. The acquisition of this historical flask is the starting point of the Squadron 303 vodka’s adventure.

2018, 75 years later, we decide to reissue this 10 cl flask as a tribute to the WW2 Polish heroes and to make it fly again. Code’s name of the mission, BACK IN THE SKY.

WALERIAN ZAK'S FLASK
Walerian Zak & his Flask. 1943.
Flying Flask Collection
Squadron 303 Vodka is proud to present the last two members of the family,
the Flying Flask 10 cl (left) and the Flying Flask Kit (right).
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OPERATION AUXILIARY TANK

Joy Juice

During the war, some of the Royal Air Force pilots would insure the transport from base to base of their homemade spirits. Braving the danger – and the regulations – those pilots would fill some auxiliary tanks with beer, gin, brandy or vodka and then fixed them beneath their Spitfire cabin. The first fast deliver spirit service was born.
JOY JUICE EXPRESS This great story inspired the creation of the Squadron 303 Auxiliary Tank launched trough the massive Operation Auxiliary tank.

Emergency Refuelling Instructions.
Watch the Operation Auxiliary Tank briefing before take off
Refuelling Station with 2 Auxiliary Tanks and 1 Orignal Flask

Refuelling Station with 2 Auxiliary Tanks and 1 Original Flask

The story of the Spitfire’s ‘Joy Juice’ deliveries inspired the creation of the revolutionary Squadron 303 refill bottle called the Squadron 303 Vodka Auxiliary Tank. Just like the Original Flask, the Auxiliary Tank contains 70 cl of the legendary Squadron 303 vodka, its design and green lacquer recalling the Spitfire’s drop tanks and fuselage. "Thanks to the Auxiliary Tank, our brave pilots will never again run empty"
- Wing Commander Wilde -
Each Auxiliary Tank comes with a dedicated funnel and a detailed instruction manual (see opposite). Thanks to the Auxiliary Tank, the Original Flask owners will be able to refill it as often as they wish. It’s an innovative and economical way to enjoy the Squadron 303 Vodka.

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OPTIMA IN HISTORIAE

303 Topshot Bottle

'T ake the best from history' is the motto that defines Squadron 303 vodka. And it is the principle that guided every step we took to build this brand, starting with the bottle inspired by the hip flasks that RAF pilots carried. We also pondered the constraints that pilots had to deal with. In those days, authorities requisitioned grains so potatoes were the only available alternative. In the interest of convenience, vodka was distilled in small copper stills originally designed to make gin. And time was in short supply, so it was distilled just once and not filtered. Made in England, exclusively produced out of King Edward potatoes, single-distilled in small artisanal copper-pot stills, and not filtered, that is how Squadron 303 vodka came about.
The extremely slow distillation process, five-step water filtration and 10-day maturing give this 100% natural Squadron 303 vodka its unbelievably smooth taste. Its suave attack, commanding kick and enduring aftertaste put it in a class by itself, high above other craft vodkas.

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By Gregory Firmin de Guion

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Pour 50 ml of Squadron 303 Vodka in a mixing glass
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Add 25 ml of Grand Marnier
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And 6 drops of Peychaud bitter
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Add a bar spoon of Amarena cherry
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Stir gently and enjoy with an Ice Ball


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More fine 303 coktails coming soon.

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V FOR VICTORY

Awards - Double Gold San Francisco World Spirits Competition

IWSC SPIRITS ARTWORK & BOTTLE DESIGN AWARD

“A clear winner. Total concept of bottle shape of flask and matching graphics to tell a strong, compelling story.” This is the final statement of the International Wine & Spirits Competition’s jury after awarding the 70 cl Squadron 303 Orignal Flask with one of its most prestigious price, the Spirits Artwork & Bottle Design Awards. That makes the fourth major international award in one year for the Original Flask. Na z’drowie!

wus Dywizjon 303 Movie Cover

Squadron 303 Vodka is the proud partner of the Dywizjon 303 movie telling the true story of our favorite Polish Heroes! Squadron 303 Vodka is the proud partner of the Dywizjon 303 movie telling the true story of our favorite Polish Heroes!

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HIGH SPIRITS SELECTION

The Flying Flask Kit

The Flying Flask Kit.

FLYING FLASK KIT
including a 70 cl. 303 vodka Auxiliary Tank (full)
a Flying Flaks 10 cl (empty) and a funnel

SQUADRON LEADER BOX

SQUADRON LEADER BOX WITH 2 SHOOTERS

The 303 Squadron leader wooden box
including the 70 cl. Squadron 303 vodka bottle
and two 303 shooters.

FLYING FLASK & SPITFIRE

FLYING FLASK & SPITFIRE

The Flying Flask on a Spitfire's wing.

FLYING FLASK ON FUSELAGE

FLYING FLASK ON FUSELAGE

The Flying Fask on fuselage.

The Flying Flask 10 cl

The Flying Flask 10 cl

Flying Flask 10 cl

FLYING FLASK 10 CL DISPLAY

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FLYING FLASK 10 CL DISPLAY

FLYING FLASK & AUX. TANK

FLYING FLASK & AUXILIARY TANK

The Flying Flask & Auxiliary Tank.

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