It has been a while since I have played this game, although I am intending on getting back to the new exe after I finish my current game of witp:ae.
First point, you may need someone more aggressive than Glassford to venture into danger, although replenishment groups ("AOE" for short) are probably supposed to be cautious.
Second, it will take your air combat TFs a week or two to establish air supremacy, at which point I think your AOE TF will happily join them.
Best idea, as always, is to assault and take one of the bases and park your AOE TF there under a blanket of Corsairs.
In the meantime, get your 4E groups in range to suppress IJ airbases. That alone might weaken the IJ airzones enough that Glassford will sally forth.
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