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. During World War I Caproni developed a series of successful heavy bombers used by the Italian French British and US air forces.