Air Force One was temporarily renamed as “Special Air Mission 41” while it transported the body of former George H.W. Bush, along with his family, back and forth from Houston, Texas to Washington, D.C. for his state funeral.
Following the funeral at Washington’s National Cathedral on Wednesday, another ceremony was held at Joint Base Andrews as the casket was loaded into the plane for it’s final trip home.
Before “Special Air Mission 41” lands in Texas, it will fly over the George Bush Library and Museum in College Station around 3:55 p.m. today.
Below are videos of the ceremony at the airport Wednesday, and the plane’s takeoff.
The Bush family boards “Special Mission 41” where the casket of former President George H.W. Bush will be flown to Houston. His body will lie in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church this evening. He will be buried tomorrow in College Station. pic.twitter.com/Pptzn6HCX0
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 5, 2018
“Special Mission 41,” carrying the remains of the 41st president of the United States, has departed from Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, D.C. en route to Texas. #Remembering41 pic.twitter.com/H0PKWUpHxw
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) December 5, 2018
The aircraft dubbed Special Air Mission 41 – carrying the casket of former President George H. W. Bush, along with members of his family – has departed from Joint Base Andrews. It is en route to #Houston.
— WBZ NewsRadio (@wbznewsradio) December 5, 2018
Casket of George H.W. Bush taken onto Special Air Mission 41 en route to Houston.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) December 5, 2018
Special Air Mission 41, carrying the presidential casket and Bush Family, is wheels up from Andrews en route Ellington Field, Houston. pic.twitter.com/OKBROndYKX
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 5, 2018
Air Force One has arrived in Houston for what will technically be called “Special Air Mission 41” tomorrow and Wednesday. A beautiful day In Texas — “ceiling and visibility unlimited,” Mr. President. #Remembering41 #CAVU pic.twitter.com/F1xWzDxd04
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) December 2, 2018
As I prepare to depart San Diego I watched as Special Air Mission 41 took off from Andrews. We didn’t always agree politically, but I thank you for your service Mr. President. RIP Shipmate. #GeorgeHerbertWalkerBush pic.twitter.com/h5pEA7k5Xs
— ehasselmann (@ehasselmann) December 5, 2018
Air Force One will fly over the George Bush Library and Museum in College Station around 3:55 p.m. today to pay tribute to 41. The plane is flying under the name “Special Mission 41.”
Best viewing spot: Reed Arena parking lot will be open to the public. https://t.co/Y1QYSmPUkN
— KBTX News (@KBTXNews) December 5, 2018
— LORENZO HALL (@LorenzoHall) December 5, 2018