From: El Paso, TX
That's because it was one of those rare areas where Russians actually had a research/production lead.
They had the only true heavy bomber (four engines) at the start of the war, the Sikorsky Ilya Muromets (2 planes to 10 at the end of 1914, 73 for the whole war).
That also explains why they get an unit of heavy bombers by event later.
FYI: they could carry around 1,100 lbs of bombs while the best next one (French Voisin III) could only carry 200.
Thanks for bringing up some details on this interesting aircraft. The damn things were practically invulnerable, since the Germans only shot down ONE during the entire war, and that took 4 Albatros, three of which perished with the bomber.
But in terms of output, they dropped 65K tons of bombs in total for the entire war which is about 80 planeloads, and just a fraction of a typical mid-war artillery bombardment. And remember, bombsight technology in this era was primitive at best. So pretty good for recon, but it's a stretch to imagine them doing much damage (well, other than to enemy fighters!)
< Message edited by Kull -- 3/16/2021 2:48:03 AM >