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I worked on the design of the Oakland International Terminal and had to evaluate whether or not jetblast was a factor in window design.  The amount of air coming from a reverse thrust with a jet pushing itself back from the terminal was less than a Wind Exposure C.  so wind design governs, not jetblast.   The engines are too far away from the building to be a significant factor.

Ron Fong
Fremont CA

In a message dated 10/24/2002 8:33:20 AM Pacific Daylight Time, Ed.Haninger(--nospam--at) writes:

I don't have any experience with these facilities, but, on your second
question, I would doubt that buildings are designed for jet backwash.   At
airports, planes are normally towed by a tractor until the plane and its
backwash are clear of buildings.  Years ago they experimented with using
reverse thrusters to back planes from terminals, but, I believe that proved
too dangerous for people working in the area.

Ed Haninger

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I am planning and designing an air cargo terminal building. Need help
two aspects. First, what is the relationship between the daily tonnage
of cargo
to be handled and the corresponding floor area required for the
Second, how to design the building (single story) for the thrust of a
jumbo jet or
an airbus? Any help will be much appreciated.