Just what you need to start a coup? How MI5 plotted to use radio-controlled bomber pigeons


Rediscovered post-war diaries have shown that British spy-masters considered developing remote-controlled homing pigeons – perhaps to carry explosives.

Details of the scheme have emerged in the post-war diaries of Guy Liddell, then-deputy director general of MI5.

It seems the idea was discussed with Captain James Caiger, who ran the Army’s pigeon loft after the war.

Liddell’s diaries show that the Joint Intelligence Committee heard a presentation from Caiger, the army’s pigeon expert.

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