From: Denver Colorado
All airbases are good candidates to 'hide' in population 1,2, or 3 towns, including keeping aircraft on them.
I can't say if the lack of Recon will hurt much in the current versions, but in the earlier versions of 1.06, it didn't take many flights to get the basic idea of what hole the Soviets are going to stick it in. So those I don't have any qualms about throwing on a railroad and getting to the cities along the frontier (Riga, Kaunas, Brest Litovsk, Warsaw). In any event, remember to reduce your TOE settings as necessary of all your air fields, based on their NEED in terms of staging aircraft.
Spring 2017-Playing: Hell's Highway, Advanced Squad Leader,
Reading: Kampfgruppe Walther & Panzerbrigade 107 (Magnificent). Lots of Osprey stuff.
Rulebooks: ASL (always ASL)