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Albert L. Weimorts Jr. 67; Engineer Created 'Bunker Buster' Bombs

December 27, 2005|From Times Wire Services

Albert L. Weimorts Jr., 67, a civilian engineer for the Air Force who designed powerful bombs for targets in Iraq, died Wednesday of brain cancer at his home in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.

Weimorts was honored by the Air Force Research Laboratory at his retirement in 2003 for his role in developing two particular bombs. 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.

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

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