Amelia Earhart’s Birthday Centenniel celebration begins in Kansas on July 24. The four-day celebration is expected to bring 50,000 visitors to the state, according to the Kansas City Star. Scheduled guests include Texas businesswoman Linda Finch, who recently re-enacted the aviator’s last flight. In 1929, Earhart and pilot Fay Gillis Wells co-founded the International 99s, an association for women pilots which today has 6,500 members. Eight years later, Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean while attempting to circle the globe in a twin-engine Lockheed Electra.