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Albert Weimorts, 67; designed massive bombs for Air Force

MIAMI -- Albert L. Weimorts Jr., a civilian engineer for the Air Force whose designs included a satellite-guided weapon known as the ''mother of all bombs," died Wednesday of brain cancer at home in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., He was 67.

The Air Force Research Laboratory honored Mr. Weimorts after he retired in 2003 for his role in developing two powerful bombs as chief engineer for the lab's Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

One was the 5,000-pound GBU-28 ''Bunker Buster," created and deployed in a record-setting 28 days to target fortified bunkers during the first Gulf War.

The other was the 21,500-pound Massive Ordnance Air Blast, the largest satellite-guided, air-delivered weapon in history and nicknamed the ''mother of all bombs."

It was developed for the second Iraq war but never used.

''Time after time, Weimorts has put weapons in the warfighter's hands and has made a difference in the national defense of our country," the laboratory said in a 2004 statement.

Mr. Weimorts (pronounced WEE-morts) received the Air Force Award for Meritorious Civilian Service and a career achievement award.

''He was teasingly known here as 'the father of the mother of all bombs,' " Todd Weimorts said of his father.

Mr. Weimorts raced to develop the GBU-28 within a month at the Air Force's request, Todd Weimorts said.

''The joke was it took one month to design, build, and deploy in combat, and over one year to fill out the paperwork," he said.

In addition to designing big bombs, Albert Weimorts developed small, hand-held munitions, such as grenades, his son said.

Mr. Weimorts also served two tours as a weapons inspector in Iraq for the United Nations in the 1990s.

Born in DeFuniak Springs, Mr. Weimorts grew up in Mobile, Ala., and received a degree in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University. He began working for the Defense Department in 1962.

He leaves his wife of 45 years and three sons.

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