Since the military was obviously the market of first resort, the Lun prototype was fitted with six angled missile launchers on its back. The gigantic craft, racing over the water at 250 knots while belching fire and smoke, was impressive in a Hollywood sort of way, but its practical value was debatable. I saw a second Lun-class machine, which was to be outfitted as a fast rescue and hospital ship, under construction at Nizhny Novgorod, east of Moscow, in 1993; it made the Spruce Goose look small. It was never completed. A later, somewhat smaller and quite graceful craft called Orlyonok or Eaglet, equipped with a turboprop engine at the T-tail intersection and wing-blowing turbojets in the nose, looked promising as a transport and possibly as a passenger liner, but it too failed to thrive. I have not seen mention of a wingship aircraft carrier, on which airplanes of any size could settle vertically onto a helipad-like deck, but I’m sure designers must have considered one. They were ready to try anything.