Gianni Caproni
Gianni Caproni
Gianni Caproni
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Date of Birth: July 3 1886
  • Place of Birth: Massone D'Arco, Italy
  • Date of Death: October 1957
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Gianni Caproni: The Father of Italian Heavy Bombers

Gianni Caproni graduated in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Munich. He also earned degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Montefiore Institute of Leige, and in Aeronautical Engineering in Paris.

Returning to Italy in 1910, he designed and built his first airplane. The CA-1 was a single-engine, twin propeller biplane. In 1911 he established the Caproni Company and Flight School.

During World War I, Caproni designed a number of heavy bombers which played a major role in the allied strategic bombing campaign. The highly successful CA-33 bomber design was mass produced in England, France, the United States and Italy.

During the postwar years, Caproni turned to civil aviation, converting his bombers to passenger and cargo aircraft. During World War II he was in charge of all aircraft production in Italy. He remained active in the Caproni Company until his death.