The casket carrying the body of former President George H.W. Bush made the journey from a Houston funeral home to Ellington Field, where a presidential aircraft took off for Washington, D.C. for a state funeral.
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, one of George H.W. Bush's grandsons, was among more than 100 invited guests seeing off Bush's remains on Monday.
The guests witnessed a ceremony including a military band and a 21-gun salute.
They stood next to the tarmac at Ellington Field on Monday as the hearse with Bush's casket arrived.
For the task of transporting Bush's body, Air Force One has been renamed Special Air Mission 41, the number being a reference to Bush's place in the roster of America's presidents.
Bush died Friday in Houston at age 94. An invitation-only funeral service is set for Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral.