Early in 1978 several airline enthusiasts in the Washington, DC area gathered
to consider how best to share their mutual interests. From this gathering
the Washington Airline Society (WAS) resulted, meeting for
the first time in April 1978 and regularly since. WAS has hosted
the annual Airliners International conventions in 1983, 1993 and
Our society consists of than more than 100 members of all ages and many
different occupations. Including pilots and other airline employees, past
and present, authors, and those simply interested in airliners. Though
most live in the greater Washington, DC, area, we have members in a number
of other states and several foreign countries. See below for membership
quarterly meetings, invariably with a guest speaker and special topic
of discussion illustrated with slides, videos, and films.
of our Eye on the Sky newsletter with information about
coming meetings and airlines generally. Members contribute articles
at those member meetings to identify airliners (from photos showing
only a small portion of the aircraft, or perhaps its interior) or airports.
Eye on the Sky sometimes includes a brain-teaser
contest as well. Prizes for correct answers!
trips to nearby airports and other air transport-related sites, and
occasional research projects.
of historical airline and airliner information and artifacts plus maintenance
of a WAS reference archive of airline annual reports, a lengthy
run of Jane's All the World's Aircraft and other resources.
flea markets and raffles -- a good way to improve your own collection.
"member spotlight" presentations focusing on different aspects of our
shared airline interest.
meets at meets at Sine
Irish Pub & Restaurant in Arlington, Virginia.
luncheon meetings are held quarterly on Saturday,
starting at 11 AM. Exact meeting dates
and topics are
monthly Eye on the Sky newsletter and our
While guests are always welcome to attend meetings, we also encourage
new members -- whether experts or novices -- with an interest
and airliners both domestic and international. Our current annual membership
fee of only $10 includes a subscription to the Eye
on the Sky
newsletter. You can join at one of our meetings.