Breakfast sofa star Lorraine Kelly said she’d rather have been an RAF fighter pilot – but her dream was shot down by teacher

  • Journalist, 63, said teacher ‘chortled’ when she revealed she wanted to get her wings. 

Her career as a TV broadcaster has been flying high for more than three decades.

But Lorraine Kelly has revealed she would rather have reached the sky as an RAF fighter pilot.

The TV presenter said her dream of joining the forces was shot down by her school’s careers officer.

She said the teacher ‘chortled’ when she revealed she aspired to join the military, fly jets, and engage in air combat.

The 63 year old ended up working at a newspaper in Glasgow and went on to forge a successful career in TV, hosting her own show on ITV since 2010.

Lorraine has been in broadcasting for more than three decades but it could have been very different

Speaking on the Rosebud podcast, Ms Kelly said: ‘My real ambition was to be a fighter pilot for the RAF – that’s what I really wanted to do.

‘But obviously I was a girl and back then when I told the careers officer, he chortled frankly.

‘Then I thought I’d go to uni, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do.

‘I was supposed to do Russian and English and I didn’t.’

Ms Kelly instead was successful in applying for a reporter role at East Kilbride News, where she worked for four years.

The TV star realised her military ambitions in part by helping promote Armed Forces Day – flying in a Royal Navy helicopter after setting off from RAF Leuchars in Fife

The TV star realised her military ambitions in part by helping promote Armed Forces Day – flying in a Royal Navy helicopter after setting off from RAF Leuchars in Fife

‘I saw it in the local paper, I applied for it and I was so lucky to get that job,’ she added

‘I don’t know how I managed it.

‘I loved it, I was so lucky, I had my own page towards the end and I was there for about four and a half years.

‘I had so much to learn and I learned so much every day.’

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