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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

In case you ever need to know: How to wrap a live pigeon.

In the World Wars, some British airplanes were equipped with carrier pigeons that could be released, with a short written message, in the event the plane was out of radio range or far from home base, but with an urgent need to communicate.

For example, crews could use the pigeons to communicate the location of an enemy site, or of a downed friendly plane.

So, how does one prep a pigeon for an air drop from a moving plane?

Glad you asked, old chap!

via: http://www.retronaut.com/2010/09/method-of-wrapping-carrier-pigeons/