When aviation pioneers are mentioned the Wright Brothers are usually the first name that springs to mind. Orville and Wilbur Wright made four powered flights in North Carolina, America on 17th December 1903. The fourth flight being the longest, 852 ft (260m) in 59 seconds. In the early years of the 20th century a variety of people did attempt to fly throughout the world, some more successful than others. Needless to say as the years went by more complex aircraft were built by such people as Louis Bleriot, Thomas Sopwith, Reginald Mitchell and Sydney Camm to name a few.