Air Force One Flies to Dallas to Bring George H.W. Bush Back to Washington One Last Time

Air Force One will fly the casket of George H.W. Bush back to Washington.

The plane was on its way to Texas on Sunday before taking the casket of the former President to Washington, D.C. where he will lie in state at the US Capitol from Monday evening to Wednesday morning.

Bush, who served as 41st president, died at 10 p.m. EST Friday, Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath announced. He was 94 years old. His wife, Barbara Bush, had died in April, aged 92.

A national day of mourning has been called for Wednesday, when a state funeral will be held at the National Cathedral in the capital.

Bush will be buried on Thursday in the grounds of his presidential library, at Texas A&M University in College Station, in his native Texas.

President Donald Trump ordered flags on the White House and public buildings flown at half-staff and will attend the funeral, alongside his wife Melania.

"The President will designate Wednesday, December 5th as a National Day Of Mourning. He and the First Lady will attend the funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Saturday morning.

Trump and Bush had never made a mystery of their reciprocal antipathy. The former repeatedly criticized Bush and his son Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and the younger brother of George W. Bush.

Bush Sr. referred to Trump as a "blowhard […] driven by a certain ego" in a book published last year.

Shortly after the announcement of George H.W. Bush's death, Trump released a statement complimenting the former president for his lifetime of public service, his leadership through the end of the Cold War and his "devotion to family."

"Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service—to be, in his words, 'a thousand points of light' illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world," the statement read even though Trump had previously mocked Bush's 'points of light' speech.

Trump also tweeted to pay a personal tribute to Bush, writing: "President George H.W. Bush led a long, successful and beautiful life. Whenever I was with him I saw his absolute joy for life and true pride in his family. His accomplishments were great from beginning to end. He was a truly wonderful man and will be missed by all!"