The Italian Count Giovanni Battista Caproni (1886-1957) was an early aeronautical engineer who founded the Società de Agostini e Caproni in 1908.  Caproni became known for its large bombers during World War I, made a diverse assortment of airplanes between the world wars, and produced bombers and transports during World War II.  The company was located in Talledo, near Milan, where today there is a museum devoted to the company and its products.  Caproni closed in 1950, although its company name persisted in successor companies until the 1980s.