President George H.W. Bush's funeral in Houston

Carla Harmon
December 6, 2018

In addition to the former presidents, former vice presidents and their spouses were also present.

The lead aircraft has been painted with Bush's name under the pilot's seat and his late wife Barbara's name under the backseater's canopy.

Bush recreated a viral moment with Michelle Obama, slipping her what was likely a cough drop at his father's funeral Wednesday.


President Donald Trump had no speaking role during the Episcopalian service, a break from recent tradition and in accordance with George H.W. Bush's wishes.

This is the eighth funeral train in USA history and the first since Dwight D. Eisenhower's body traveled from the National Cathedral in Washington through seven states to his Kansas hometown of Abilene 49 years ago.

Bush can be seen digging an item out of his left pocket as he approached the front pew of the National Cathedral, where President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, as well as three former Democratic presidents and first ladies, were seated.


George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton eventually became close friends and traveled together internationally.

Bush was hailed by presidential historian Jon Meacham as "America's last great soldier-statesman", who "made our lives and the lives of nations freer, better, nobler and warmer".

George H.W. Bush died on Friday at the age of 94. John McCain's funeral earlier this year. Abraham Lincoln's funeral train was the first, in 1865.


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