There is a debate raging on key publishing ATM discussing the true meaning of aircraft generations. some people are of the opinion that these generations dont even exist.
Most people like me believe that these are the generations.
1st: Jet powered airframes, Guns, subsonic
2nd: Swept wings deltas alumminum alloys, semi-active missiles, radar.
3rd: Analog controls, better radars, better engines, blown flaps, canards,ECM and a host of other aerodynamic advances.
4th: Lifting bodies, BVR, doppler radar, relaxed stability vortex lift surfaces.
4.5: Advanced avionics, Post stall manuvering, high AOA. reduced RCS super cruising
5th: VLO, sensor fusion, super cruise, all in the same package.
Please discuss and note my mistakes. Or is the entire generations concepts only somthing made up by silly Americans.