I'm downloading as we speak, so I hope I'm not lying to you...There is a 1st person view, but from what I understand it's like freespaces cockpit view. A basic hud, but not a detailed cockpit. Also when you engage Strike mode, it switches to 3rd person. If I'm wrong about any of this feel free to correct me :-)
Surfing the Web, I found few that say the cockpit view is available, and many others say that the cockpit view will be added by a downloadable addon.
If you are right it is good for me ... I prefer a Freelancer like cockpit instead of the external view (I passed years playing fly simulators!!).