On 17th December 1903, the brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright made history with the world's first powered flight in an aircraft. The flight lasted 12 seconds, carrying the aircraft a distance of 36.6 metres at an altitude of 3 metres. It was the beginning of an era and the culmination of many years of hard work. Behind the achievement, the Wright brothers had to devise their own wind tunnel tests and prototype gliders. They built their own engine which was light yet powerful enough to propel the plane, and designed the first proper aeroplane propellors. Continuing to perfect their design, the Wrights amazed the public with demonstrations of their plane and by 1909, they were taking orders from all around the world and become huge celebrities.