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A Bird's Eye View of CIA History

Hey gang. I’m Aerial, the ace photography pigeon. Did you know pigeons were once used to take secret pictures? They took pictures to help gather intelligence.

My family started taking secret pictures in 1903. They worked in the Bavarian Pigeon Corps. Some of my relatives worked really hard and took a lot of risks to help their country.

Me? I’m all-American, just like an eagle. And I still get up and take a few pictures with my trusty camera. Check out some of these pictures I took of the Intelligence Community.

My family has worked for the CIA for about 60 years. My great grandfather, Harry, got a job at the CIA in the 1940s. He started taking pictures shortly after President Harry Truman created the Central Intelligence Agency on September 18, 1947.

ariel_pigeon.jpgBefore that, my great, great grandfather flew for the Office of Strategic Services. That was sort of the CIA before it was called the CIA.

My father also worked for the CIA. In 1961, the CIA moved from Washington, D.C., to Langley, Virginia. And my father went with them. He used the family nest egg to build a little place near the CIA K-9 unit. In my spare time, I love to fly by the dogs and take their pictures, too.

Like a lot of the people that work here, I get to travel a lot. You should see the Frequent Flier miles I’ve racked up! But there’s a lot more to working here, too. We keep up with things going on all over the world.

One of my favorite things is reading. If you like to read, take a look at some of our real heroes in our Hall of Fame. And don’t forget to go play some of our games and try to solve some of the puzzles there. You could earn your wings, too!

Posted: Apr 15, 2007 11:56 AM
Last Updated: Apr 04, 2016 04:31 PM