Giovanni "Gianni" Caproni founded Società di Aviazione Ing. Caproni e Faccanoni, Vizzola, in 1908 and started building large aircraft in 1911. Caproni was manufacturing three-engine bombers long before the Gothas and Handley-Pages hit the drawing boards.
Caproni nomenclature is confusing because there is frequent mixing of the military designation (e.g. Ca.2) and the company designation (e.g. Ca.32). Add to that the CAP/CEP nomenclature for French-flown Capronis and name-mixing is certain.
Production aircraft from the Great War or shortly thereafter include:
- Caproni Ca.1
- Caproni Ca.2
- Caproni Ca.3
- Caproni Ca.4 (triplanes)
- Caproni Ca.5
- The Ca.39 was a seaplane version of the Ca.33, but it never reached the testing stage.
- Nowarra, p.158.
- Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
- Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711
- Heinz J. Nowarra, Bruce Robertson, and Peter G. Cooksley. Marine Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Letchworth, Herts, England: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1966. ISBN 0900435070