- If you are looking for the current version of this ride, it's called Phantom's Revenge.
The idea for Steel Phantom came from Henry Henniger, president of Kennywood Entertainment Company, who wanted a record-breaking steel coaster. Henniger was unsure how to fit the ride into the park, however a layout was worked out in conjunction with Arrow Dynamics. On July 27, 1990, Kennywood announced the name for their new steel roller coaster would be Steel Phantom and that it would use the same station as the out-going Laser Loop. The ride opened on May 10, 1990 as the fastest and steepest roller coaster in the world. It was also the first hyper roller coaster to feature inversions.
A few days after Steel Phantom's debut, the ride shut to allow a trim brake to be installed, as the train was going faster than it should through the inversions, causing riders to experience pain in their necks.