Adilabad is a northern district of Andhra Pradesh, and the northern-most tip of South India. It shares border with Maharashtra and Chattisgarh. Throughout India's military history, it has held a small but significant status. During the world-wars, it provided an airfield to the Royal Airforce, as it allowed interior air-defense. Under the Hyderabad State, although for a very brief period the airfield held even more importance, as northern air defense against India. After Hyderabad's successful integration into the India Union, Adilabad lost a big chunk of its strategic importance, and with it, this airfield was abandoned. Today this land, still leveled, and having its boundaries demarcated from surrounding agricultural lands and the town of Adilabad (district HQ), is in danger of being converted into civil land (I don't know if it is defense land anymore), and eaten up by the goons in the real-estate industry. I really don't want to see that happen. That land still holds the potential to set up an airbase deep within Indian territory, that can be used to help in safekeeping of new aircraft, pilot-training, and more importantly, training IAF personnel to cope in the kind of terrain Adilabad has. Speaking of which, Adilabad and Southern Vidharba region of Maharashtra in general, is known for a hilly terrain rich in tropical forests, and known torrential rains during the monsoons. During this time of the year, the terrain resembles that of India's north-east the most. Setting up an IAF airbase here would serve in training our aircrafts, transporter/refueller aircrafts, gunships and helicopters to cope in NE-like terrain, with far greater safety. Adilabad is well-connected with the rest of the country. It is AP's northern checkpost of National Highway 7, and has broad-gauge rail-line in South Central Railway's Nanded division. There are direct, daily express trains to Mumbai, Nagpur, and Hyderabad (Secunderabad JN). I'm planning to write to the Ministry of Defense as just another citizen. I want to convince it to retain this air-asset as it will do more good to the country than being eaten up by land-sharks. That is a HUGE land, which can hold a very long runway, and there's room for even 2~3 sqns of fighter aircraft, if the need be. I would like to know the opinion of the community. Here are some maps of where it's located, with satellite pics: I plan to go to Adilabad next month. I might grab some actual pictures of the land, and the terrain of that place it general. You just have to see how it resembles the terrain of NE.