Lillian “Breakaway” O’Malley
Lillian “Breakaway” O’Malley comes from a long line of daredevils, starting with her great-great-great-grandfather Captain Thomas Whitesquall O’Malley, the merchant sailor. He was known on occasion to extend a gang plank over the roughest seas, and impress his crew by walking to the edge doing handstands. Also noteworthy is her uncle Dusty Bottom O’Malley, the famous gold miner, who tried to fashion an early aircraft out of a mine car on a steep hill. Lest we forget, there is also her very inspiring mother Deborah Derby O’Malley, and her glorious horse racing prowess. Rumor would have us believe that she holds the record for the fastest 3.5 million centimeter race on horseback.
Her interest in flying can be attributed to her older brother, Corporal C. Astor O’Malley, the WW1 fighter pilot. He boasted of at least 14 encounters with the Red Baron himself, and walked away (somewhat miraculously) from nearly 37 crash landings.
Upon returning home from the war, Astor, now bit by the flying bug, created a flying circus under the family name. Desperate for new acts, he enlisted his sister Lillian to partake in a risky new stunt. This involved transferring from their dad’s Model T to Astor’s (in rather poor repair) Curtiss Jenny, both while in motion. The stunt was a huge success, and Lillian became addicted to the skies and pushing her boundaries. By the mid 1920’s, Lillian was well versed in all aspects of the Flying Circus, and had even become quite a gifted pilot herself.
Naturally, being such a renowned aviatrix of the 1920’s, she was quite excited about all the press regarding Charles Lindbergh and his quest to solo across the Atlantic. On May 19th 1927, just one day before Lindy began his epic flight, Lillian got in her plane and headed for NY to be a part of his departing fanfare. That’s when the unexpected happened, and she found herself caught in the Fantasy of Flight Space Time Vortex.
As much as Lillian loves being with us here at FOF, she pines away to be back in the golden age of flight, and still finds herself curious about how Lindbergh’s flight turned out.