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The Trinity explosion, July 16, 1945.
source: Los Alamos National Laboratory, animgif: scanzen


The terrible beauty of a Soviet hydrogen bomb test, 1953. (via)

The First Air Raid in History
Just 10 months after Lt. Myon Crissy dropped a 36-lb bomb from his Wright Model B Flyer in San Francisco 7,000 miles away the first recorded air raid in history was carried out by Giulio Gavotti. 
Gavotti was part of a ‘Special Aviation Battalion’ attached to the Italian expedition to Libya in 1911-1912.  The Italian’s were engaged in a colonial struggle with Arab tribes and their Ottoman allies when Gavotti was ordered to attempt the new idea of using his aeroplane to attack the enemy.  He had arrived in North Africa expecting his role to be no more than that of an aerial scout.  
On 1st November 1911, Gavotti took 4 small 1.5kg bombs, 3 in a leather pouch attached to his plane and one in his coat pocket, and flew the first recorded aerial bombing raid in history. He flew his Taube (Dove) monoplane over an enemy encampment at the Ain Zara Oasis in North Eastern Libya and dropped his bombs.  Gavotti’s four bombs fell and detonated in the camp, on his return to base he reported that the mission had been a great success.  It is unknown how much damage his small bombs did or if their were any casualties.  But what is sure that his actions must have terrified the Arabs and Ottomans camped at the oasis and that he paved the way for the rapid development of Aerial Warfare which would eventually lead to the mass bombings of World War Two 35 years later.
Gavotti also flew the first recorded night mission in a heavier-than-air aircraft several months later in March 1912.

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Case Studies in the Development of Close Air Support by B. Franklin Cooling (1990) (Source)

The aerial view of the night raid on the Japanese city of Shizuoka, c 1944

Hiroshima, Japan, 6 August 1945.

F-4 Phantom II - Vietnam

A bird’s-eye view of nuclear shot “Easy” during Operation Buster-Jangle in Nevada, November 5, 1951.