The Common Research Model came about as a result of several request to NASA to helping develop experimental databases for the purpose of validating specific applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics.  It was felt that a conventional configuration would be sufficiently challenging and relevant for aerodynamic prediction validation and the development went forward from this point.  This website is meant to be a depository of all the various types of data obtained on the Common Research Model, whether it is computational, experimental, structural, etc.