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In 1911, Lt. Giulip Gavotti became the first man to drop a bomb from a plane

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Flying Firsts: Bombs Away! (Main pic) Turkish soldiers used to take pot shots at Italian aircraft making reconnaissance flights overhead; in 1911, Lt. Giulip Gavotti became the first man to drop a bomb from a plane; (far left) the first military mission from the air was Brevet-Captain Charles Coutelle of the French Aeronautic Corps who used a balloon to observe Dutch movements in 1794. Original artwork from Look and Learn no. 701 (21 June 1975).

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