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Former Air Force One pilot for President Lyndon B. Johnson dies in Texas at 90

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2010 file photo, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Jim Cross stands on the steps of a JetStar that he flew for Lyndon B. Johnson, in Austin, Texas. Cross died Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Gatesville, Texas. He was 90. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Larry Kolvoord, File)

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2010 file photo, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Jim Cross stands on the steps of a JetStar that he flew for Lyndon B. Johnson, in Austin, Texas. Cross died Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Gatesville, Texas. He was 90. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Larry Kolvoord, File)  (The Associated Press)

A military pilot who was an aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson and flew Air Force One has died in Texas.

Retired Brig. Gen. James "Jim" Cross died Saturday in Gatesville. He was 90. Bill Cole with Scott's Funeral Home in Gatesville said Monday that Cross died of natural causes at a nursing facility.

A service was planned Tuesday at the funeral home. A funeral is scheduled for Friday in Andalusia, Alabama, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with burial at the church cemetery.

The LBJ Presidential Library in Austin issued a statement mourning the Alabama native and remembering Cross as a close friend of the Johnson family.

Cross wrote the book "Around The World With LBJ: My Wild Ride As Air Force One Pilot, White House Aide, And Personal Confidant."