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1 hour ago, kgwilson said:

If they could have fitted barn doors

See the F104:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_F-104_Starfighter

 

Also from the Wikipedia article:

the aircraft designers developed a boundary layer control system, or BLCS, of high-pressure bleed air, which was blown over the trailing-edge flaps to lower landing speeds by more than 30 knots

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