President George H.W. Bush en route to D.C. to lie in state at U.S. Capitol

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By Rebecca Shabad

WASHINGTON — Former President George H.W. Bush is being flown Monday aboard “Special Air Mission 41,” a presidential aircraft temporarily renamed in honor of the 41st president, from Houston, Texas, to the nation’s capital, where he will lie in state until Wednesday.

Leaders of the House and Senate announced over the weekend that the former president, who died Friday at the age of 94, would lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

Members of Congress are expected to hold an arrival ceremony around 4:45 p.m. ET Monday, a little more than an hour after the flight from Ellington Airport lands at Joint Base Andrews. President Donald Trump dispatched the government plane to Texas pick up the body of former president, as well as members of his family.

Bush’s spokesman, Jim McGrath, tweeted a photo of the plane early Monday morning.


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