The Angel of the Revolution by George Griffith:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

In this mostly forgotten novel of the late nineteenth century, the Terror, a socialist and anarchist alliance, makes use of advanced flying ships like war-ballons and airships to make mincemeat of the existing world powers. This book contains many striking passages about the horrific nature of mechanized warfare decades before World War I. Select an invention:

Air-Ship (VTOL Airship)
A flying machine capable of vertical take-off and landing.

Air-to-Surface Missile - first use of concept
Very early description of a projectile fired from an airship into a surface target.

War-Balloon (Navigable Aerostat)
Enormous dirigible airships used for war.

 

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