Caproni

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Caproni
IndustryAerospace
FateNow part of Agusta
Founded1908
Defunct1950
HeadquartersItaly
ProductsTransport aircraft
Bombers
Experimental planes
Air force trainers
Seaplanes
SubsidiariesCaproni Bergamasca
Caproni Vizzola
Reggiane
Isotta Fraschini
Caproni Ca.316 seaplane at its moorings.

Caproni was an Italian aircraft manufacturer founded in 1908 by Giovanni Battista "Gianni" Caproni. It was initially named, from 1911, Società de Agostini e Caproni, then Società Caproni e Comitti. Caproni made the first aircraft of Italian construction in 1911. The manufacturing facilities were based in Taliedo, a peripheral district of Milan, close to Linate Airport, and for the Caproni Vizzola division, in Vizzola Ticino, close to Milan–Malpensa Airport.

During World War I Caproni developed a series of successful heavy bombers, used by the Italian, French, British and American air forces. Between the two world wars, Caproni evolved into a large syndicate named Società Italiana Caproni, Milano, which bought some smaller manufacturers. The main subdivisions were Caproni Bergamasca, Caproni Vizzola, Reggiane and the engine manufacturer Isotta Fraschini.

Between the world wars, Caproni produced mostly bombers and light transport aircraft. The Società Italiana Caproni ceased to exist in 1950, although one of its divisions, Caproni Vizzola, endured until 1983 when it was bought by Agusta.

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