built the first Italian airplane and developed one of the best heavy
bombers of World War I.
During the 1920s and 30s, Caproni developed
passenger and cargo aircraft. The company returned to fighter
and bomber production in the mid-1930s.
Caproni remained solvent after World War II
supporting military engines until bought by Agusta in 1983.
1907: Count Gianni Caproni sets
up his first of many companies.
1909: Caproni e Faccanoni builds the
first Italian aircraft.
1929: Caproni's Ca.90 with six 1,000 hp
engines is the world's largest/heaviest plane.
1930s: Caproni acquires the
Isotta-Fraschini aircraft engine company.
1945: Several factories remain open.
1983: The last Caproni company (Caproni
Vizzola) is purchased by Agusta and the Caproni name