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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