Farrar graduated from Dunbar High School in Lynchburg in 1941 and, on the advice of one of his teachers, applied for aviation training though the U.S. Army Air Corps at the Tuskegee Army Air Field. In addition to flight operations, Farrar studied meteorology and navigation. He remained in the US when the unit was deployed to Europe and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant before he was discharged in 1943. He enrolled in an engineering program in New York and was hired by the FAA, where he spent 40 years working on aircraft engine design and specifications.
In retirement, Farrar returned to his childhood home. He died in December 2020, just a few days shy of his 100th birthday.
- Kelly, Shannon (December 14, 2020) "Lynchburg resident and former Tuskegee Airman prepares to celebrate 100th birthday." The News & Advance
- "Ex-Tuskegee Airman Alfred Thomas Farrar dies at age 99." (December 21, 2020) Associated Press