After more than 111 years of living, the nation's oldest veteran was treated to an unexpected first: a trip on a private jet.
On Saturday, Austin's Richard Overton was flown to Washington, D.C., for a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The trip was made possible by billionaire Austin businessman and philanthropist Robert F. Smith. On Friday, Smith spent a couple of hours visiting Overton, believed to be the oldest man in America, at Overton's home. Overton mentioned that one day, he'd like to visit the museum, to which Smith donated $20 million.
The next morning, Overton was on the jet.
He and his friends flew to D.C. and received a private tour of the museum. According to The Washington Post, during the tour, former Secretary of State Colin Powell called the supercentenarian to welcome him.
Overton was born in 1906, the same year as the first wireless radio broadcast.
The Army veteran fought in World War II in a segregated unit. After returning from war, Overton spent the bulk of his career working at furniture stores, then at the Texas Department of Treasury.
Lately, Overton spends many of his days on the front porch of the home he built 70 years ago. His friends called it his "stage." It's on Richard Overton Avenue, as the town renamed the street for his 111th birthday. His 112th birthday is coming up on May 11.
The porch is where Overton smokes his 12 daily cigars, and sometimes enjoys his favorite drink, a whiskey and Coke.
Back in October, Overton had a home makeover, which among other things included the installment of another first: After more than 111 years, Overton finally had central air conditioning.
Over the course of his life, he's met many celebrities, athletes and politicians, including President Barack Obama. Each asked him the same question about his secret to longevity. His answer?
God and cigars.
According to The Post, Overton enjoyed his tour of the D.C. museum. After seeing the WWII exhibit, Overton mentioned to his friends that he "didn't see his name up there," which got a laugh.
"One of these days," he said, "it will be."
CORRECTION, 1 p.m. April 11, 2018: This story was corrected to remove a reference to Richard Overton arriving by ship at Pearl Harbor immediately after the Japanese bombing. He arrived there after the West Loch disaster, a maritime accident 2 1/2 years later, in May 1944.