This aircraft became part of the Air Rhodesia fleet as VP-YNL. It was purchased together with two similar models in a "sanctions-busting" (see below) transaction, involving a Swiss aircraft broker.
Air Rhodesia B-720-025 VP-YNL Photo # 1
Air Rhodesia B-720-025 VP-YNL Photo # 2
Air Zimbabwe B-720-025 VP-YNL
Sanctions (and sanctions-busting)
Following UDI and the imposition of sanctions (including strict controls on oil and petroleum product sales)a UK report in 1978 stated that major oil companies, including their local offices in southern Africa, had been breaking the UN's oil embargo from the start. The report revealed that shipments to Rhodesia had arrived in Lourenco Marques before a complicated trail leading to South African brokers, who sent it through Mozambique to Rhodesia. Senior executives were criticised in the report for failing to monitor what local employees were doing. In 1979, the US was pressured by Congress to lift sanctions, but refused.
With introduction of sanctions it was thought that in a few weeks the petrol (gasoline/diesel) reserves in Rhodesia would run out after the closure of the Beira pipeline. The temporary British naval blockade at Beira only created the "Beira Corridor" (essentially a 100 km wide channel for the movement of goods to and from the interior of Southern Africa to the port of Beira on the Indian Ocean, which was to operate until Samora Machel took over Mozambique). By this time, in any case, Durban in South Africa had become more important.
The rapid economic collapse of Rhodesia had been forecast as Rhodesian tobacco, coffee, animal, textile and mineral products were all banned; imports and exports were supposed to cease; that Germany ceased to print the banknotes for Rhodesia, it was assumed that Rhodesian banknotes would grow old and unusable. It was also believed that the inability to access machine parts would cause mines to close, and on a more emotional level, Air Rhodesia flights to and from London was stopped.
However, even before UDI the Rhodesian government had already prepared the ground. That meant the Rhodesians were able to exploit the loopholes, the most obvious of which was that material sent to South Africa could simply be trans-shipped, and that most companies were to open Head Offices" which were often transferred overseas, a suspiciously large number of companies were suddenly opened in South Africa.