A former fraternity man in college, Aarfy proclaims he is too dumb to understand the danger of his combat missions. He is a navigator with a poor sense of direction, and Yossarian is always telling him, while on the plane, to get out of Yossarian’s way; Aarfy pretends not to understand. Aarfy ends up raping and murdering a woman in Rome, much to Yossarian’s horror, but is confident he will not be prosecuted for his crimes, and is correct in that belief.
Aarfy Quotes in Catch-22
The Catch-22 quotes below are all either spoken by Aarfy or refer to Aarfy. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Simon & Schuster edition of Catch-22 published in 1996.).
Chapter 35 Quotes
No, sir . . . it’s generally known that you’ve flown only two missions. And that one of those occurred when Aarfy accidentally flew you over enemy territory while navigating you to Naples for a black-market water cooler.
Aarfy Character Timeline in Catch-22
The timeline below shows where the character Aarfy appears in Catch-22. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5: Chief White Halfoat
Yossarian flies with McWatt as co-pilot—the two exchange instructions about the bombing runs while Aarfy, a former “fraternity man” in college who is not very intelligent, smokes a pipe and... (full context)
Chapter 15: Piltchard & Wren
...evasive maneuvers, and the plane zooms around wildly, finally gaining higher altitude. Yossarian begins begging Aarfy, the ineffective navigator, to stop blocking the plane’s nose, so that Yossarian can escape from... (full context)
Chapter 16: Luciana
Chapter 23: Nately’s Old Man
Chapter 26: Aarfy
Chapter 39: The Eternal City
...bust into the apartment again and arrest Yossarian for being AWOL. They do nothing to Aarfy, as Aarfy predicted. Yossarian is flown back to Pianosa and taken to Cathcart and Korn,... (full context)