The young generation's potential has made waves numerous times in the past decade, but a recent achievement just outweighed them all.

A group of South African teenagers built a plane, flew it, and crossed multiple countries in the continent ... landing in Egypt last. 

The 20 youngsters, from different backgrounds, assembled the four-seater Sling 4 plane in just three weeks, using "a kit manufactured in South Africa by the Airplane Factory" and that consisted of "thousands of small parts."

"The crew landed in Namibia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zanzibar, Tanzania and Uganda during the 12,000km (7,455 mile) trip," the BBC reported

Pilot Megan Werner, a 17-year-old and founder of U-Dream Global project, said the achievement - which she's proud of - serves as a message of hope and ambition to the people of Africa. 

"The purpose of the initiative is to show Africa that anything is possible if you set your mind to it," she said.

The group's aim was to give motivational speeches to fellow teens and young people residing in all the cities they crossed throughout their journey. 

They were accompanied by another Sling 4 plane that was flown by professional pilots. 

Werner, whose father is a commercial pilot, was one of six teens to have obtained a pilot's license - a basic one that allows them to fly "at height where the ground is still visible and prohibit entering cloud" - for this adventure.  

It wasn't an all-smooth journey, as they faced obstacles along the way like not getting fuel in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. 

"When we eventually got it [fuel], the support aircraft started leaking fuel so they couldn't fly with us and only two people - Driaan van den Heever, the safety pilot, and I carried on," Werner said, according to the BBC.

Flying from Addis Ababa to their final destination, Cairo, Egypt, was another bump for the teens, as they had to fly alone without support. 

"Driaan van den Heever and I flew alone for 10 hours, without the support aircraft, so it was two teenagers, all by ourselves with no support," she said.

Hendrik Coetzer, Megan Werner , Driaan van den Heever
Megan Werner (left), Driaan van den Heever (center), and Hendrik Coetzer (right) Source: Jacaranda FM

Reaching Cairo, their "avionic systems" ran into a problem, which forced the duo to land in a domestic airport instead of their main destination, Cairo Airport. 

"When we landed in Egypt the authorities wanted to arrest us, take our passports and licenses but luckily after about four hours, everything was sorted out and we got some more fuel and carried on to Aswan. We then flew from Aswan to Cairo and it was a really awesome feeling to land here," said Werner.

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