These gorgeous illustrations from the late nineteenth century reveal what people imagined air combat would be like in the future. It's pretty spectacular — and weirdly prescient, too.
These illustrations come from the novels The Angel of the Revolution: A Tale of the Coming Terror and its sequel Olga Romanoff (also known as The Syren of the Skies). Written by George Griffith, they're a mix of Jules Verne's works and the invasion literature of George Tomkyns Chesney. They tell a story that begins in 1903 with a young scientist named Richard Arnold, who invents a flying machine (in the same year that the Flyer I was created by Wright brothers!). The machine later becomes the tool of a group of Anarchist, Socialist and Nihilist terrorists named the Brotherhood of Freedom to defeat Capitalism.