In the game you play as a new Air Force pilot, named Crowe. With Crowe you travel to different Islands and locations across the Pacific. During such time you can pilot many different types of US planes including the F4U- Corsair and P-51 Mustang and in a few cases you fly as a Japanese's A6M Zero and the German Me 262 Swallow. In the game setting you can adjust the controls to inverted, which will simulate flight controls to an extent.
At the beginning of the game you are located at Pearl Harbor during the time of the attack, You have a flashback right before the level starts