Hi Richard,, well we are both right,, you more than me.. My comment about sweeping the wing and tail surfaces ACTUALy applies more to decreasing drag as the airplane approaches Mach.. the drag rise is less abrupt and easier to power through the sound barrier..
The 'full flying tail' IS definitly part of controlability.. But it is interesting that it is more a 'full trimming tail' is what helps.. the normal way to trim a 'low speed' elevator is with a trim tab on the trailing edge,, not only is a trim tab a pretty high-drag item,, but it really hates going through the sound barrier.. the airflow around the tab is terrible.
So the engineers trim the horizontal stab. and the elevator is clean, with no trim tab...
What is also interesting is to look at the X-15 in the Smithsonian, or at Wright-Patterson airforce Museum... the stab and rudder look like thin wedges.. the trailing edge is squared off !! the whole surface moves.. a 'full flying tail. But, many later aircraft that are capable of exceeding Mach 1 have a more conventional tail..
this is pretty interesting.. I had to dig real deep in my memory.. I took a short class on high speed aerodynamics when I went to Sabreliner school... it had a 35* sweep in the wing.. basicly the same wing and flight surfaces that the F-86 Sabre had... it was a sweet flying plane.. but had a few 'idiosyncracies'... like all planes..
Several Falcon business jets have been taken into 'trans-sonic' flight,, above Mach 1, but just barely.. they have a trimmable stab, but still an elevator,, not a full flying tail.. BTU the falcon has full Hydralic control for it's flight surfaces,and the falcons are built like a tank..
Also, in your quote from Wikpedia.. it pretty much disputes what Yaeger said about reversing controls.. If a person KNEW what was going on,, to reverse Mach Tuck, the pilot could push down on the wheel.. and theoreticly the controls were reversed..
The tendency to 'mach tuck' is an infamous problem with Lear jets... their wing is almost straight.. only about a 10* sweep I think,, can't remember... I didn't like the plane very much.. we called it an 'executive mailing tube'.
gotta go fly..