On 21 May 1927 after Charles Lindbergh landed at Le Bourget field in Paris, France, he and the Spirit of St. Louis were overrun by the throngs of spectators who had come to the field to watch history being made.
Unfortunately, some among the spectators took it upon themselves to rip, tear, or cut out pieces of the fabric off the Spirit of St. Louis to keep as souvenirs of the historic event.
This vandalism needed to be repaired before Lindbergh could fly the Spirit of St. Louis again.
The French government moved the Spirit into a hangar and kept it under armed guard to protect it from any other souvenir hunters while they replaced the fabric from the cockpit, aft, with Irish linen.
This photo is of the cockpit area once the damaged original cotton fabric was removed in 1927.
This photo is of the cockpit area of the Spirit of St. Louis by JNE in 2016.