Would you have played Wing Commander II as Captain Christina Blair? Writer Ellen Beeman (formerly Guon) recently spoke about how she pitched exactly that option during the game's development in 1991. Here's a live Twitter stream from the event:
Beeman talks about working on Wing Commander back in the day. She claims that she could reskin the character to female in 30 minutes.
...She could also test to see if women could buy it that way, and she was dismissed. "it's not worth you time"
It would be a hard sell for women to take interest in a flight sim, but today, she believes that there's a good niche for women playing.