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President George H.W. Bush’s Remains Flown From Houston To Washington, D.C.

A brief ceremony at Ellington Field marked the departure aboard Air Force One, renamed “Special Air Mission 41” for the flight.

The body of former President George H.W. Bush was flown from Houston’s Ellington Field this morning to Maryland’s Joint Base Andrews, in preparation for a state funeral at Washington’s National Cathedral on Wednesday.

A joint military honor guard met the hearse bearing President Bush’s casket. The band played “Hail to the Chief” and “Eternal Father, Strong to Save,” the U.S. Navy Hymn, in honor of Bush’s service in World War II. Cannon fired a 21-gun salute. A hydraulic lift then loaded Bush’s casket onto Air Force One, re-designated Special Air Mission 41 for this flight. Members of the Bush family, friends, and the late president’s service dog Sully boarded, then the jet taxied and took off.

Bush will arrive at the U.S. Capitol this evening, where he will lie in state until Wednesday morning.

 

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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