The Airplane was first flown in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903. On 17 December 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made four brief flights at Kitty Hawk with their first powered aircraft. The Wright brothers had invented the world’s first successful airplane. Their airplane flew 36 metres in only 12 seconds. The brothers’ breakthrough was their invention of three-axis control, which enabled the pilot to steer the aircraft effectively and to maintain its equilibrium. This method remains standard on fixed-wing aircraft of all kinds. From the beginning of their aeronautical work, the Wright brothers focussed on developing a reliable method of pilot control as the key to solving the flying problem.