Air Force Commander is not a flight simulator. It is a war game and the object is to establish supremacy in the air while avoiding civilian unrest., or the adverse opinion of the international media. It is almost too close to real life. The game comes on two disks; one with a variety of scenarios set in the Middle East, while the other lets you strap on your handlebar moustache and guide the allies to victory in WWII.
Each disk has several scenarios, so you can pit almost any country's air force against that of another. This huge range of options is initially confusing, with 56 different scenarios on two disks, some hypothetical and some historical. These range from The United Arab Emirates Versus Kuwait which is very basic, to The Battle of Britain which is damn difficult.
As the overall commander of your forces you have to ensure that they are in the air at the right time and are ready to meet the enemy. You must use your mobile radar units to identify enemy installations and then target them, while on the home front you have to ensure that your cities are supplied with water, food and power, to avoid civil disorder. And, above all, you must make sure that your resources do not run out.
This is a complex and intriguing simulation which, despite some gripes, is worth the considerable effort required to get the most of it.