In 1916 the World War 1 (at that point known as just World War or the Great War) was in a full swing - both sides were entrenched and every offensive ended up with mass slaughter. But there were people, who in that madness were seen as almost superheroes - the flying aces.
As young cadet we finish a randomly chosen mission to gain our wings (the emblem of a pilot) and we can join the 56th squadron in France. From that point we can live the life of a typical young pilot fighting over the front line - almost every day we take patrols to hunt the enemy fighters or we take assault missions attacking enemy lines or enemy supply convoys. With each mission we gain experience, but our squadron keeps losing pilots, who are replaced by new ones. With time we are given different tasks, like shooting down balloons that spot for enemy artillery, we escort the bombing missions or try to intercept enemy bombers from attacking our own base, we can be part of bombing or recon mission or even be challenged by enemy ace.
Each event (military or other) is described in the unit diary, which describes the lives of our companions. Amazing graphic side of the game (typical for Cinemaware productions) adds a lot of atmosphere to the game, the constant danger and constant rotation of the pilots accurately shows how risky it was to be a pilot during World War 1. One of the additional options in the game that in case we were killed the pilot was removed from the squadron, but we might have join is as another pilot and take place of the deceased. Despite being rather simple game the atmosphere and the variety of elements make it one of the best war games ever.