“Manning the Air”?

Ooookay, let’s run this by one more time:

“The Continental Army suffered a bitter winter at Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware, and seized victory from Cornwallis of Yorktown. Our Army manned the air, it ran the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do.” — President Trump’s Fourth of July speech

What the Sam Hill Junior does “manning the air” mean?

And how did the Continental Army do it?

And one more for the road:

If Trump misread his teleprompter, as he claims, what the hell was actually on the teleprompter that he garbled to “manned the air” and “took over the airports”?

ENQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW.

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See addendum to prior post. In the last few minutes, the United States has pulled away from India. And I forgot to mention Thailand.