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Confusions over the definitions of universal bundle and characteristic class

In most references, only a principal G-bundle is called universal (ie every other bundle can be pullbacked from this one, or an equivalent definition). Does it make sense to speak of a universal F-G ...
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Characteristic classes of sphere bundles over spheres in terms of clutching functions

I'm trying to understand Milnor's proof of the existence of exotic 7-spheres. Milnor finds his examples among $S^{3}$ bundles over $S^{4}$ (with structure group $SO(4)$ ). Such a bundle can be ...