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The HORTON "Lifting Body"


In the boom times that followed the Second World War, an aircraft designer named Bill Horton built and flew at least one prototype of a wingless "lifting body" aircraft. It was built in partnership with Hughes Aircraft.

Horton's designs did attract a lot of press at the time, as exemplified by this cover from "Science & Mechanics" Magazine *

Unfortunately, a falling out with Howard Hughes, his sponsor, brought an end to the development of his designs.

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David Dodge offers a website that contains a variety of magnificent images and information about unusual aircraft.

HortoninScience&Mechanics
The site is called "Twin Pushers and Other Free Flight Oddities" and information on the "Horton" is found in that site on the page -

home.att.net/~dannysoar/Horton.htm

Additional photos of a Horton Lifting Body design from a book by Peter Bowers are to be found at a site provided by "The Wing Is The Thing" (TWITT). Andy Kecskes is President of that organization at P.O. Box 20430, El Cajon, CA 92021. His email address is twitt@pobox.com

http://www.twitt.org/wingless.htm

This second image shown here is from a 1960's catalogue issued to promote "Horton Wingless Aircraft". However the design shown in this picture was a concept only, and was never built or flown.

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*Read the last line of the caption of the magazine cover again.


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